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Oct. 21, 2005
Will the Real Harriet Miers Please Stand Up? 
Perhaps the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings will provide the necessary information upon which we can determine where Harriet Miers stands on numerous issues, not the least of which is the right to life.

The media are in a flurry over the release of a 1989 candidate questionnaire she filled out for what was then the leading pro-life organization in Texas, Texans United for Life. She was asked to answer it prior to having an interview with the TUL PAC committee during her campaign for a seat on the Dallas City Council. Her answers then were decidedly in favor of a human life amendment to the Constitution, although the question she answered did provide for a life-of-the-mother exception. The rest of the questionnaire shows pro-life responses. It did not ask a question about the validity of the Roe v. Wade decision.

From the time the TUL questionnaire was filled out until this day, there is no statement, no activity, and no contribution that connects Harriet Miers to the pro-life cause in any way, although she is connected, through political contributions, to some of the most liberal, pro-abortion politicians in the country.

In examining Ms. Miers record, let’s look at the fact that, despite her answers to the TUL questionnaire in 1989, she contributed $1,000 each to Al Gore, liberal Democrat Senator Lloyd Bentsen, and the Democrat National Committee, in 1988!

The Boston Herald reported on October 11, 2005, that Harriet Miers' law firm, which she co-managed, contributed $1,000 to Hillary Clinton’s U.S. Senate race in 2000, through the Locke Liddell & Sapp PAC. Two days later, according to the Herald, Miers contributed $415.91 to the PAC.

Ms. Miers has made it clear that she is a strong advocate of legal precedent and stare decisis. Since 1989, numerous cases involving abortion have been heard by the Supreme Court. Precedents abound. If confirmed as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, even if she still holds personal pro-life views, and there is no evidence that she does, will she rule based on pro-abortion precedent when cases related to the right to life come before her?

Remember, if Supreme Court precedents had been considered the “settled law of the land,” the Dred Scott decision would not have been overturned and slavery would still exist in America.

What we are looking for in a Supreme Court nominee is someone who is clearly committed to the principles embraced by the founders of our country, and who will stand up before the United States Senate and simply say there is no federal right to abortion to be found in the Constitution of the United States.

Harriet Miers’ record reveals someone who is all things to all people—Democrat/Republican; Catholic/Protestant/Evangelical; pro-abortion-choice/pro-life.


Long-Time Friend of Life Returns to Capitol Hill 
American Life League (ALL) president, Judie Brown, in a release issued on October 21, 2005, announced that former Congressman Bob Dornan will join ALL as a lobbyist and advocate for the 2005 version of The Right to Life Act. The act, introduced by Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) with more than 60 co-sponsors, establishes the personhood of each human being as beginning at fertilization.

During his time in Congress, Bob Dornan was one of the most energetic and enthusiastic champions of the right-to-life cause. Welcome back, Bob!


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