Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Miers Supported Ban on Most Abortions
This from the Associated Press and ABC News, The San Fransico Gate and The Guardian:
WASHINGTON Oct 18, 2005 — Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers pledged support in 1989 for a constitutional amendment banning abortions except when necessary to save the life of the mother, according to material given to the Senate on Tuesday.
"If Congress passes a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution that would prohibit abortion except when it was necessary to prevent the death of the mother, would you actively support its ratification by the Texas Legislature," asked an April 1989 questionnaire sent out by the Texans United for Life group.
Miers checked "yes" to that question, and all of the group's questions, including whether she would oppose the use of public moneys for abortions and whether she would use her influence to keep "pro-abortion" people off city health boards and commissions.
"A candidate taking a political position in the course of a campaign is different from the role of a judge making a ruling in the judicial process." said Jim Dyke, a White House spokesman.
GOI: Hopefully she will not allow her personal view against abortion influence her rulings on settled law such as Roe v. Wade. I think that one of the main questions to ask her during the hearings should be whether or not she DOES view Roe v. Wade as settled law.
I and Chief Justice John Roberts certainly see Roe as settled law since it has been on the books for some 30 years. Also, most Americans believe that abortion should remain legal:
This from ABC News:
On abortion itself, 54 percent of Americans say it should be legal, about the average in polls since 1995. That includes 23 percent who say it should be legal in all cases, and 31 percent who say it should be legal in most cases.
Support for legal abortion is higher in the East (62 percent) and West (61 percent) than in the Midwest (52 percent) or South (46 percent). It jumps above 70 percent among liberals and non-evangelical white Protestants. Most Republicans, conservatives and evangelical white Protestants oppose it, peaking at 78 percent among evangelical white Protestants who attend church weekly (including four in 10 who are opposed in all cases).
Despite their church's stand on the issue, Catholics support legal abortion at the same rate as the broader public — overall 55 percent say it should be legal in all or most cases. However, legal abortion is opposed by 55 percent of Catholics who attend church at least a few times a month.
GOI: This questionnaire appears like the beginnings of a track record for Harriet Miers. Republicans and Democrats alike have been concerned that there was not much of a paper trail. I think that from this questionnaire it is same to assume that she still feels the same way about abortion. Why would a strong evangelical Christian change her views on such a bedrock issue for most Republican conservatives? I suppose she could surprise us all and vote to uphold Roe but It now appears that would be nearly impossible.
This is started to heat up and get interesting.
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