Harriet Miers: Signs that she is pro-life
Marvin Olasky talks to Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht on Harriert Miers on the World Magazine website. For those who don’t know, Olasky is an evangelical Christian intellectual in the mold of Chuck Colson. Nathan Hecht is ardently pro-life.
This begins a series of seven posts on Harriet Miers, based on interviews with those who know her. Some background for the first five: I spoke yesterday with Nathan Hecht, the Texas Supreme Court justice who is a prolife hero for strongly supporting parental notification laws five years ago when a SCOTEX majority was scuttling them. Hecht, 55 and never married, and Harriet Miers, 60 and never married, have known each other for 30 years and are — to quote Hecht — “very close friends. We dated some. The relationship has been close: Platonic… We go to dinner, I go to Washington for special things.”I know Valley View Christian Church through my pro-life work. I can’t say whether any individual member is pro-life, but I would be surprised if a pro-choice person would feel at home in the church.
Miers has been a member of Valley View Christian Church in Dallas for 25 years, where Hecht has been an elder. He calls it a “conservative evangelical church… in the vernacular, fundamentalist, but the media have used that word to tar us.” He says she was on the missions committee for ten years, taught children in Sunday School, made coffee, brought donuts: “Nothing she’s asked to do in church is beneath her.” On abortion, choosing his words carefully for an on-the-record statement, he says “her personal views are consistent with that of evangelical Christians… You can tell a lot about her from her decade of service in a conservative church.”
Hecht says about Miers’ judicial philosophy: “She’s an orginalist — that’s the way she takes the Bible,” and that’s her approach to the Constitution as well — “Originalist — it means what it says.” He notes that her legal practice involved writing contracts rather than tort law, so she was always looking at the plain meaning of the words: “Originalist.” He also says she’s not a social butterfly who will be swayed by Washington dinner table conversation: “She goes to the dinners she’s supposed to go to. She’s not on the social circuit.”
I know Valley View Christian Church through my pro-life work. I can’t say whether any individual member is pro-life, but I would be surprised if a pro-choice person would feel at home in the church. If I had to be pinned down as to whether Harriet Miers is pro-life, my answer would be a definite “very likely.”