ByL ife Issues Institute
June 25, 2010
“…Judges will often try to mold and steer the law in order to promote certain ethical values and achieve certain social ends. Such activity is not necessarily wrong or invalid.”
– Elena Kagan, US Supreme Court Nominee
Monday marks the start of US Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings. The weeklong question-and-answer session is held before the Senate Judiciary Committee in hopes of uncovering more about her background and judicial philosophy.
What we already know about Kagan is deeply alarming. Even before serving as President Obama’s solicitor general (arguing the administration’s point of view before the Supreme Court), Kagan showcased a deep-rooted hostility for the unborn, the vulnerable and those who would seek to protect them.
- She sent financial contributions to groups aligned with pro-abortion agendas.
- She criticized regulations keeping American tax dollars from paying for pro-abortion programs.
- She tried to silence critics of activist judges, actually calling the critics “irresponsible”!
- She recommended President Clinton support a phony ban on partial birth abortion, in spite of her belief it would be unconstitutional.
- She argued that federal funding for pregnancy-related programs should be completely off limits to religious groups.
- She expressed a belief that making physician-assisted suicide a federal crime would be “a fairly terrible idea.”
- She supported cloning of human embryos for research.
There’s no doubt that Elena Kagan is a liberal activist intent on pushing aside the US Constitution in favor of a radical social agenda. We can hardly expect less. She was, after all, nominated by the most pro-abortion president in the history of our nation.
In fact, President Obama envisioned this very situation on the campaign trail in 2008. “With one more vacancy on the Supreme Court,” he said, “we could be looking at a majority hostile to a women’s fundamental right to choose for the first time since Roe v. Wade. The next president may be asked to nominate that Supreme Court justice. That is what is at stake in this election.”
If Obama’s wish comes true and people like Kagan get a majority on the Supreme Court, we’re in big trouble. It will no longer matter who we elect in Novembers to come. Those nine judges will have all the power they need to overrule congressional and presidential efforts to protect life. That’s why we can’t afford to sit back. Each new appointment is so crucial.
The Supreme Court’s rulings affect us every day—in matters of racial equality, labor laws, medical ethics, property rights, even how we spend our money—so certainly, this nomination is about more than abortion. But how a potential justice views the right to life is the most basic indicator of their ethics and values. Unfortunately, Kagan has displayed a longstanding disdain for life-affirming policies.
Please don’t let Elena Kagan be a shoo-in to the Supreme Court. Contact your senators and tell them they must oppose her nomination. The decision is in their hands, but we can do our part to let them know we care.
Life Issues Institute
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