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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:00 AM
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So Miers DOES have a paper trail re Roe V Wade
Republicans Warming Up to Miers
More Democrats find cause for concern. The turning point for both parties seems to be her answers about abortion in a 1989 survey.

By Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer


WASHINGTON The Supreme Court nomination of Harriet E. Miers appeared to gain some ground with Republicans and lose some with Democrats on Tuesday after she turned over to senators a 57-page background questionnaire and 12 boxes of supporting documents.

Republicans who had expressed reservations about her nomination focused on one of those pages: a 10-question survey dating to 1989 from Texans United for Life in which she said, as a candidate for the Dallas City Council, that she favored outlawing abortion except to save the life of a mother.



"It will be a positive for her with me and with others who care about the life issue," said Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who met with Miers for 45 minutes in his office Tuesday. "I think it will be construed favorably among conservatives."

Some Democrats, including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, described Miers' responses on abortion as cause for concern. Feinstein has previously said she would find it hard to vote for someone who she believed would vote to overturn the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision that established a right to abortion.

"The answers clearly reflect that Harriet Miers is opposed to Roe v. Wade," Feinstein said. "This raises very serious concerns about her ability to fairly apply the law without bias in this regard."

Other Democrats noted that Miers was running for the Dallas City Council at the time and considered her answers those of a politician, not a judge a stance echoed by the White House.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-mi...

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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:01 AM
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1. We can use this
because the proposal she endorsed bans abortions for victims of rape and incest. That alone should be enough for any Dem to say they can't vote for her.
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bryant69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:24 AM
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4. And it's not a states rights issue
She isn't arguing the softer position that abortion should be left up to the citizenry of each state; rather she's arguing that each state, regardless of the will of the people, have abortion outlawed, including rap cases, including incest cases, including cases where the mothers health is affected but not threatened with death (a fine line).

I do find this position more consistant with their rhetoric; but it is also a more extreme position.

Bryant
Check it out --> http://politicalcomment.blogspot.com
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:43 AM
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5. Exactly
and even Dem Senators like Blanche Lincoln, who has to walk a fine line on this issue, can vote against her because almost everyone except the most extreme believe that rape and incest victims should be able to have abortions.
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ticapnews Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:19 AM
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2. "I think it will be construed favorably among conservatives."
So last week she was an unqualified crony with no paper trail who pissed off conservatives.

Now she's a great nominee because she opposed abortion on a survey 16 years ago.

Nice to see there is no litmus test with conservatives.
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:21 AM
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3. I'm Shocked, I Tell You! Shocked!
Oh wait a minute - no I'm not. How completely expected.
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