National Pro-Life Action Center calls for Miers' Withdrawl
The National Pro-Life Action Center (NPLAC) is calling on President Bush to withdraw Harriet Miers’ nomination to the Supreme Court Seat vacated by Sandra Day O’Connor. The influential lobbying firm is based across from the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.
Contact: Joe Giganti, 703-928-9695 or Joe@VeritasMediaGroup.com, for the National Pro-Life Action Center
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 /U.S. Newswire/ — Stephen G. Peroutka, chairman of the board of governors for the National Pro-Life Action Center (NPLAC), issued the following statement calling for the withdrawal of Harriet Miers’ nomination as associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States:
“The time has come for President Bush to realize and accept that his nomination of Harriet Miers to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court was ill-advised and he should withdraw her nomination. With 45 million children’s lives lost to abortion, the stakes are simply too high to gamble on another ‘stealth’ candidate. If the president remains reluctant to take this step, then NPLAC believes that Ms. Miers should then remove herself from this process.
“Harriet Miers may well be a phenomenal lawyer who is pro-life and devoutly Christian, but the fact is, we will never know because of the flawed nature of the modern confirmation process. By adopting the ‘Ginsberg cloak of silence,’ the Administration has ensured that the American people will never truly know the judicial temperament of Ms. Miers or any other potential nominee. Pro-lifers can no longer accept this lowering of the bar.
“We must fix this process by realizing that there is nothing to be gained by concealing a nominee’s judicial philosophy and temperament. Following this practice has led to nothing but repeated disappointment for those seeking to return constitutionality to the Supreme Court and put an end to the plague of abortion.”
I support NPLAC and other organizations loosely associated with it, like Priests for Life, but I would argue that they don’t have enough evidence to go any further than taking a neutral stance on Ms. Miers. As pro-lifers, we have many reasons to support the Miers nomination. She, like Roberts, has a strong faith and lives it out in her daily life.
Would it have been nice to see a more credentialed conservative like Janice Rogers Brown or Michael Luttig? You bet. The simple fact though is that Bush can’t trust Senate Republican leaders to back him on a more controversial nominee.