National Right to Life: Small favors??

by E. Carroll

-NRL released a statement regarding President Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The bottom line- NRL is very opposed to this nomination.

There are troubling indications that Ms. Kagan generally favors an activist, results-oriented approach to constitutional law.  For example, in her 1995 law journal article, she wrote, “The bottom-line issue in the appointments process must concern the kinds of judicial decisions that will serve the country and, correlatively, the effect the nominee will have on the Court’s decisions . . . If that is too results oriented … so be it. . .”  She also wrote that “it should be no surprise by now that many of the votes a Supreme Court Justice casts have little to do with technical legal ability and much to do with conceptions of value.”


Susan B. Anthony List: Does pro-life really mean “pro-woman?”

by E. Carroll

-SBAL announced their endorsement of Carly Fiorina for the U.S. Senate in California.  They report:

“We’ve been waiting for Carly Fiorina for a long time—in fact, since the day Barbara Boxer was elected to the U.S. Senate. From a pro-woman, pro-life perspective, there could be no greater contrast. She embraces and advances the rights of women and unborn children, following in the footsteps of the earliest women in politics. Susan B. Anthony and the early feminists understood, as Carly Fiorina does, that undermining the rights of one never advances the rights of another.”

Americans United for Life: Would you consider this a resume builder?

by E. Carroll

-“Americans United for Life is hosting a reception this evening to present House Republican Leader John A. Boehner with the 2010 Henry J. Hyde Defender of Life Award.”

Americans United for Life: Oh Happy Day??

by E. Carroll

-AUL reports, “Mississippi became the third state to pass legislation opting-out of abortion coverage mandates in the new health care reform law, sending Governor Haley Barbour a bill that he is expected to sign.   This was a major victory for the state and for Americans United for Life.”

-“Florida became the fourth state to pass legislation opting-out of taxpayer-funded abortion provisions established by the new federal health care reform law.  Florida’s legislation ensures that insurance plans that cover abortions and participate in new health care exchanges cannot receive tax dollars.”

National Right to Life: The first… but maybe the last?

by E. Carroll

-NRL reported:  “The Nebraska Legislature this morning gave final passage to the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act introduced by Speaker Mike Flood. Governor Dave Heineman is expected to sign the bill in a ceremony this afternoon.  The law will take effect on October 15, 2010.”

“By 20 weeks after fertilization, unborn children have pain receptors throughout their body, and nerves link these to the brain,” said National Right to Life Director of State Legislation Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D. “These unborn children recoil from painful stimulation, which also dramatically increases their release of stress hormones. Doctors performing fetal surgery at and after 20 weeks now routinely use fetal anesthesia.”

-NRL reported: “The Tennessee state legislature made the state the first in the nation to pass legislation in both houses which bans the inclusion of abortion as a benefit within health exchanges required by the federal health care plan passed by Congress last month.”

IRD: Health care

by Ruth Moon

In an e-mail, Mark Tooley berated religious groups that supported health care reform, saying “Religious Left activists primarily see religion as an organizing tool for extinguishing private alternatives to state control of health care and virtually every other facet of human life.”

ACLJ: President Obama’s Supreme Court opportunity

by D. Bennett

The American Center for Law and Justice, in an e-mail to subscribers, writes a word of warning concerning the new vacancy on the Supreme Court:

President Obama is likely to name a nominee who will embrace an extremely liberal judicial philosophy.”

The ACLJ further writes that whoever the nominee is should be subjected to detailed and thorough questions about his or her judicial philosophy.

They write, “It’s what the American people expect and deserve!”