Skip to comments.Abortion Rights Leader: Expect Filibuster Unless Next Supreme Court Nominee Shows Support
Posted on 01/16/2003 7:01:06 PM PST by KQQL
WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of a prominent abortion rights organization on Thursday predicted a Senate filibuster if President Bush seeks to fill a future Supreme Court vacancy with a nominee who does not clearly support the court's 1973 ruling on the issue. "The burden of proof is on any nominee," said Kate Michelman, the head of NARAL Pro-Choice America. "It's the burden of that nominee to address constitutional freedoms and whether they indeed believe the court was right in recognizing a woman's right to choose."
"I fully expect that pro-choice senators will conduct a filibuster against any Supreme Court nominee" that does not express support for abortion rights, she added in an interview.
The White House declined comment on Michelman's remarks.
A spokesman for Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle said the South Dakota lawmaker "feels it's vital that all judicial nominees be willing to faithfully respect the Constitution. That said, he will make a judgment on each individual case as it is presented to him."
Michelman made her comments several days before the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that guaranteed women the right to an abortion. Supporters of the opinion, as well as groups that hope to have it overturned in a future ruling, have scheduled a series of events to mark the date.
Groups opposed to abortion will hold their annual march in Washington on Jan. 22, the anniversary of the ruling, ending at the Supreme Court building. In addition, the GOP-controlled Congress is expected to vote in the coming months on legislation to ban one type of abortions, typically performed late in a woman's pregnancy.
Congress has twice passed legislation covering the procedure, in which the fetus is partially delivered before its skull is punctured, but former President Clinton vetoed it both times. Bush has said he would sign it.
NARAL will hold a fund-raising dinner on Tuesday night, and all six announced Democratic presidential contenders are expected to speak. In addition, the group will start a political campaign next week to seek passage of abortion rights legislation in Congress.
With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, prospects for passage of such legislation are dim. Additionally, NARAL backed several Democratic Senate candidates who lost to GOP contenders last November. Thus supporters of abortion rights are likely to find themselves trying to fend off attempts by opponents and the Bush administration to curtail the ability of women to end their pregnancies.
Those struggles are likely to include judicial confirmation battles in the Senate, particularly if there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
Retirements are rarely announced in advance. But speculation, never in short supply, has increased since last fall's elections, when Republicans gained control of the Senate.
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, for example, is 78, and missed December arguments at the court because of leg surgery. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a moderate conservative, is 72. She and the chief justice were both appointed by Republican presidents.
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Where's she gonna go if a few abandon her and her ghoulish constituency?
Another thing would be to bottle up every piece of legislation the liberals want to bring to a vote.
I realize Frist may be one of the pro abortion types, but there ought to be some band of conservatives that can use the filibuster as a club as well as the socialists can.
She has no need to worry. As long as these keep rolling in, they are puppets on her string:
As prima facie evidence, do you honestly believe Tennessee would elect a pro-abort Senator?
Recall that Algore was proudly pro-life. When he was a Senator...
There are some wackos around here trying to leave that impression. Check out the National Right to Life Committee's page on Senator Frist:
He voted 100% pro-life on the key issues they cite.
If Mr Bush wants to take a commanding lead in the polls in 2004, he will stand up and fight against the Leftist Idealogues and stop trying to play to the moderate democrats. Every time Mr Bush gives quarter to the democrats they bludgeon him mercilessly, and this alienates the more right leaning members of the conservative groups. Moderate Libertarians (Im not one) and right leaning conservatives (I MIGHT be one) will RESPECT the president for taking a stand. Do the right thing Mr President, you know what that is and we will support you. Time for Frist to use his surgical skills to go for the jugular.
Where in the Constitution does it say anything about a woman's "right" to murder her unborn child? I don't believe that little bolshevik worm Daschole has ever read the Constitution.
A more workable solution in any event would be to convict and jail for a lo-o-o-o-o-o-n-g time any doctor, nurse or other person who assisted the woman to have an abortion.
It might be difficult to convict a punish a woman who was determined to end the life of her unborn child. But it would be quite appropriate to covict the Kevorkian vultures who are "crawling up her vagina" to kill the child.