Elena Kagan Confirmed as U.S. Supreme Court Justice


In August, Elena Kagan was confirmed as a U.S. Supreme Court justice to replace Justice John Paul Stevens.  She was a Harvard Law School graduate and served as Solicitor General for President Obama. 

During the Clinton Administration, Kagan played a key role in ensuring that the partial-birth abortion ban would be rejected.  When the U.S. Supreme Court decided to strike down the 2000 Nebraska partial-birth abortion ban, they cited in part the statement from “a select panel” on the American College of Gynecologists (ACOG), in which the group stated that the procedure “may be the best or most appropriate procedure in a particular circumstance to save the life or preserve the health of a woman.”  Kagan suggested that exact language—contrary to ACOG’s original language, in which they “could identify no circumstances under which this procedure. . . would be the only option to save the life or preserve the health of the woman.”  Kagan’s distortion of the scientific data is extremely troubling.  This ACOG language was one of the major hurdles faced by Justice Department lawyers.  Not only was her pro-abortion stance clearly obvious, but her integrity was certainly in question.  


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