Roundup: Specter Changes His Mind, Does Scott Brown?


Today’s roundup is all about the politicians and the
things they do in their attempts to keep supporters happy.

First up, in an unexpected move Senator Arlen Specter
has said he will vote to ratify Dawn Johnsen,
nominee for head of the Office of Legal Counsel. This would provide the 60th
vote in the Senate and potentially break the logjam holding up her nomination.

"After voting ‘pass’ [which means no position] in the
Judiciary Committee, I had a second extensive meeting with Ms. Johnsen and have
been prepared to support her nomination when it reaches the Senate floor,"
Specter said in a statement circulated by his office.

Since last year Republicans have been blocking
Johnsen’s nomination from coming to a full Senate vote partially on the idea
that some of her past work as legal
director for NARAL
made her too controversial.

During her Senate Judiciary hearing last February
Sen. Specter questioned Johnsen’s position on abortion bans. But Specter, a brand-new
"Democrat" since April, may be feeling the heat from Rep. Joe Sestak, his Democratic primary challenger, which
could explain why he changed his mind.

Meanwhile another politician that is trying to shore
up his support among women voters is Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate
Scott Brown. Martha
Coakley, the democratic candidate, issued a new television ad that highlights a
2005 amendment Brown sponsored in the state Senate that would have allowed
medical staff at hospitals to deny
rape victims a emergency contraception
if it "conflicts with a sincerely
held religious belief.”

The amendment, which did not pass, was
attached to a bill that he ultimately voted for, which required emergency rooms
to provide the contraceptives to rape victims…

Brown and his supporters have declined
to discuss the underpinnings of his amendment, instead trying to focus on the
fact that he supported the overall legislation. He also voted to override a
veto by Governor Mitt Romney.

Brown has also declined to discuss his
amendment proposal.

"It’s irrelevant; it’s a red
herring,” he told reporters after Monday night’s debate, as an aide cut off
further questions.

While Brown isn’t speaking up about this amendment
his daughters are willing to come forward to vouch
for him
.

Lastly Susan
B. Anthony List, the anti-choice counterpoint to Emily’s List, had
supporters gather outside Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s office
in Toledo, Ohio. The
group wanted to urge Rep. Kaptur to continue her support for keeping the Stupak
Amendment in the final health care reform package. Kaptur was one of only two
Democratic women representatives that voted for the Stupak amendment.

Bonus
item:
Jury selection in the Scott Roeder trial is set to
begin today, just after the Kansas Supreme Court ordered Sedgwick County Judge
Warren Wilbert to reconsider
his decision to keep jury selection secret.

January
13, 2010

Why Do Scott Brown And The GOP Hate
Rape Victims?
Air America (press
release)

Abortion takes stage in Senate race
Boston Globe

Are we inciting unlawful sex?
Malta Independent Online

Supporter sparked by Brown’s stand
on abortion

Boston Globe

Team 4: Bob Casey Heckled By Anti-Abortion Protesters ThePittsburghChannel.com

Judge to rethink jury selection in abortion murder Washington
Post

Sarah Palin: Criticism is a
"Bunch of BS"
CBS News

Kaptur lauded for anti-abortion vote Toledo Blade

 

January
12, 2010

Planned Parenthood Director Bemoans
Lack of Info about Natural Family Planning
Lifesite

Address infertility in family planning services New
Vision

More attention needed on health
Jakarta Post

Franken & Snowe Introduce
Military EC Bill
Ms. Magazine

School Refused Title X Funds for
Blocking Access to Morning-After Pill
Lifesite

National Right to Life sends
letters urging pro-life lawmakers in
US House
Canada Free Press

the Massachusetts election: a pro-life dilemma Catholic
Culture

Judge recuses herself from trial of
Notre Dame pro-life protesters
Catholic News Agency

US warnings target Bayer, Amylin,
Cephalon, Lilly
Reuters

Birth Control Conundrum: Yaz, Depo
Have Disturbing Side Effects …
Jezebel

Gillibrand is running scared
New York Daily News

Pro-choice activist adds lobbying
Feminists for Choice

Pro-Choice Catholic Tackles
Dogmatic Question of Abortion
PR
Newswire

George Tiller Murder Trial: Are
Prosecutors Trying to Silence Abortion Foes …
CBS News

Abortion issue threatens health care
deal
USA Today

Poor Pre-Abortion Counseling Causes Women and Men Relationship Problems
LifeNews.com

Protest Against New Houston Planned
Parenthood Abortion Center Coming Soon

LifeNews.com

Don’t use tax money to subsidize abortions
Asbury Park Press

Suspect in slaying of abortion doctor can use voluntary manslaughter defense
Los Angeles Times

Blackmun: If this is established, abortion ‘rights’ would, of course, ‘collapse’ WND.com

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  • julie-watkins

    Briefly noting one more for January 13: Roeder’s Rescue by Jacob Sullum asks “Why is killing abortionists wrong?”
    http://townhall.com/columnists/JacobSullum/2010/01/13/roeders_rescue?page=full&comments=true

    But does this bad press mean that Scott Roeder’s supporters are indeed “crazed militants” — or, as Operation Rescue President Troy Newman puts it, “loons” and “wing nuts”? It seems to me they share the moral premises espoused by other anti-abortion activists but disagree about how best to implement them. Either that, or they take seriously what others only pretend to believe.