AUL - Bench Briefs: Kagan's Extreme Views


This Week's Feature
On Capitol Hill, AUL Sheds Light on Kagan’s Extreme Views

AUL President & CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest (seen below with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, a longtime member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee) and other AUL staff are meeting with U.S. Senators to provide our legal team’s research on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s activist, pro-abortion record.  

Charmaine Utah Senator

Among those involved in the educational effort is AUL Staff Counsel Mary Harned, who previously served as Legislative Counsel and Judiciary Counsel to Alabama U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Harned told AUL Bench Briefs, “We are focusing on members of the Judiciary Committee and other senators who are not inclined to oppose the President. We want them to understand that Kagan is an extreme nominee.”

AUL staff members also attend coalition meetings on Capitol Hill where they update other public-policy groups and Hill staff about our research on Kagan, participate in coalition conference calls, and send daily installments of our Kagan File to key Senate staff. Read our team’s latest research into the nominee’s troubling record, including the Kagan File, on AUL’s Web site.

On The Docket

Kagan File Reveals Nominee's Pro-Abortion Partisanship

The latest installment of the Kagan File details how the documents just released by the Clinton Library further illuminate the extremity of the Supreme Court nominee's position on abortion. Written when Kagan advised Clinton on abortion-related issues, they reveal, among other things, that she continued to oppose meaningful limitations on partial birth abortion even after discovering that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists could not find a legitimate need for the deadly procedure. Click here to read the full memo on the AUL Blog.

Acclaimed Pro-Life Political Scientist Joins AUL for Summer Research Fellowship

AUL is proud to welcome its Summer Research Fellow, Dr. Michael J. New, whose studies for the Heritage Foundation and the Family Research Council have made him the leading expert on the effects of pro-life legislation. Working from our Washington headquarters, Dr. New, who is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama and a Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute, is undertaking a detailed study of the impact of Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act. He told AUL Bench Briefs that the act, which was litigated in the Supreme Court’s Planned Parenthood v. Casey and took effect in 1994 has proven to be “among the most effective pro-life laws in the country.” Click here to read more about Dr. New on the AUL Blog, including links to his published articles.

Senate Committee Votes to Allow Abortions in Military Facilities

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee recently voted to strike down a longstanding law barring military medical personnel or facilities from participating in abortions except when the life of the mother is at risk, or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. Click here to read a special report on the AUL Blog by our Staff Counsel Anna Franzonello, giving details about this new effort to direct taxpayer dollars toward ending the lives of the unborn.