Human Events reported this morning:
It must have taken a Herculean effort for editors and reporters to ignore the most genuinely newsworthy development yesterday: Evidence that, as a White House staffer in 1996, [U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena] Kagan lobbied two medical associations to produce “scientific” support for the Clinton administration’s position on partial-birth abortion….
That’s right, two. Because Americans United for Life revealed yesterday not only did Kagan weaken the wording of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ draft statement about pba, she attempted to get the American Medical Association to weaken its as well.
This afternoon AUL president Charmaine Yoest, testifying re: Kagan’s nomination, called for a Senate investigation. Here was AUL’s statement:
Evidence from Kagan’s time in the White House indicates that she may have been more involved in lobbying medical groups on partial-birth abortion than she admitted yesterday under oath.
Kagan’s possible lobbying of medical organizations on its own is troubling, but the effect of this successful effort is even more startling.
Later, a federal judge in NE relied on the ACOG policy statement to strike down the federal prohibition of partial-birth abortion. Shannen Coffin, a then-Justice Department attorney defending the federal ban related how the judge emphasized the “integrity of the process that led to” the statement, writing that, “neither ACOG nor the task force members conversed with other individuals or organizations… concerning the topics addressed.” Coffin recounted that, “Kagan’s role was never disclosed to the courts.”…
ACTION ALERT: AUL Action is calling for an immediate Senate investigation into the discrepancy between Kagan’s current characterization and what the written evidence indicates. All outstanding questions must be answered. The American people deserve to have all of the facts before their representatives consider a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court.
Here’s a transcript of Kagan’s evasive exchange with Sen. Orrin Hatch yesterday on this topic.
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