Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion nominee to the Attorney General post, appears more likely to be confirmed thanks to the support of one of the handful of pro-abortion Republican members of the Senate. Senator mark Kirk, a pro-abortion Republican from Illinois, says he will support Lynch.
A fifth Republican senator is throwing his support behind attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, seemingly giving the New York prosecutor the necessary votes for confirmation.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who is up for reelection in 2016, announced Thursday he will vote to confirm Lynch, even though the majority of Republicans are expected to vote against President Obama’s pick to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.
“I am confident from my conversation with Loretta Lynch that she will be a valuable partner in confronting the gang violence that is robbing families of their children every day in Chicago,” Kirk said in a statement. “We need the help of the Attorney General to fight gangs of national significance through federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors, and to address organized crime like drug and child sex trafficking.”
But whether Lynch will receive a vote anytime soon is still up in the air. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says Senate Republicans will not allow a vote on pro-abortion Lynch until they relent and quit attempting to promote abortion funding in a bill to help sex trafficking victims. As LifeNews has reported, Democrats are objecting to the inclusion of language in a bill to provide support for victims of sex trafficking to ensure that funds help victims rather than fund abortions.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration is criticizing McConnell for putting pro-life values and sex trafficking victims above its agenda.
“It’s an unconscionable delay,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “There’s not a single legitimate question that has been raised about her aptitude for this job. Instead, all we’ve seen is a bunch of political obstruction from Republicans that … does not speak well of Republicans’ efforts to run the Senate.”
The sex trafficking legislation passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee without any problems but, now that it’s slated for consideration on the floor of the U.S. Senate, pro-abortion activists are raising a stink about how funds for restitution for human trafficking victims won’t pay for abortions. The objection is offensive to victims of human trafficking and millions of girls and young women around the world who are victimized by it, putting abortion ahead of meeting their needs.
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.
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.”
“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 https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm and urge a No vote on Lynch’s nomination.