Tell Senate to Oppose Obama Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch, Who Supported Partial-Birth Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 24, 2015   |   4:45PM   |   Washington, DC

House Republicans are urging their Senate counterparts to reject the nomination of pro-abortion Loretta Lynch for Attorney General.

President Barack Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch faced a hearing last month in the Senate Judiciary Committee. During the hearing, she admitted that she supported partial-birth abortions.

Lynch is the nominee to replace pro-abortion Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder, who is pro-abortion and who used his post in the Obama administration to target pro-life people, announced in September he would step down from his position when a replacement has been confirmed.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a formal vote on her nomination on Thursday.

Now, more than 50 House Republicans are calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject Loretta Lynch’s nomination for attorney general.

In a Monday letter spearheaded by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, 51 House GOP lawmakers warned that she would echo her controversial predecessor. The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to vote on Lynch’s nomination on Thursday, and is expected to send Lynch’s nomination to floor.

“We appreciate Ms. Lynch for her many years of outstanding service to our nation. Nonetheless, having observed her nomination hearing testimony, we can only conclude that she has no intention of departing in any meaningful way from the policies of Attorney General Eric Holder, who has politicized the Department of Justice and done considerable harm to the administration of justice,” they wrote.



“Our larger concern is with Ms. Lynch’s apparent willingness to stand up to the president and his unconstitutional efforts to circumvent Congress and enlarge the powers of his office,” they wrote.

During her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lynch admitted to pro-life Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina that she once signed onto a brief the Planned Parenthood abortion business submitted in its legal battle to overturn the Congressional ban on partial-birth abortions. The Supreme Court eventually sided against Planned Parenthood and upheld the ban on the gruesome abortion procedure.

Lynch signed on to an amicus brief in the Partial Birth Abortion case before the Supreme Court where she served as an amici in favor of Planned Parenthood.  She argued that the ban against the killing of partially born children was “unconstitutionally vague and threatens the integrity of the criminal justice system.”

On April 18, 2007, the Supreme Court announced its opinion in Gonzales v. Carhart, holding that the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act was constitutional. The ban has stopped as many as 15,000 such abortions.

Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom,previously wrote at LifeNews that “The Gonzales decision held that the federal ban on partial-birth abortions, except where necessary to save a woman’s life, was facially constitutional – meaning that generally speaking the ban was constitutionally sound. Opponents of the ban, including Planned Parenthood and their allies, had argued strenuously that the law was unconstitutional because it lacked a “health” exception.”

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“Hours after the decision, Planned Parenthood was still warning of its imminent negative impact on women’s health,” he said. “Over five years later, Justice Ginsburg and the nation still wait. Although women’s health was allegedly immediately harmed by the decision, we have not yet seen an as-applied challenge on behalf of one of these women, nor have we seen even one documented story of a woman whose health was impacted by the unavailability of a partial-birth abortion.”

Lynch, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, is in her second stint as U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York, appointed by President Obama in 2010 and also serving in the same post from 1999 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. She will face full confirmation in the Senate, where Republicans are in control.

Lynch would be the second woman to serve as attorney general and the second African-American to hold the post.

ACTION: Contact your senators at and urge a No vote on Lynch’s nomination.