UPDATED: Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, head of the House Pro-Choice , has asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Kagan on her commitment to the right to choose and on her “troubling” memo written for President Clinton.
Because abortion is not openly being discussed right now in regard to Elena Kagan’s nomination, it’s tempting to assume it may never really become an issue. Don’t bet on it.
Some progressives have denounced the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court as an affront to Stevens’ legacy and further proof the President has abandoned his base. But she is an excellent choice.
Elena Kagan – safe, no record, never challenged power, beloved by the establishment in Washington – the perfect Obama candidate. The ball is down against our own goal line and the guy thinks he just scored a touchdown.
In regard to Elena Kagan’s views on choice, we are left reading tea leaves, or rather old memos from her stint in the Clinton White House. And these don’t necessarily provide comfort.
Despite a long career in legal academia, Kagan has published very little and seems to have studiously avoided taking a stand on almost any controversial issue.
President Obama has had the amazing good fortune to get two Supreme Court picks and in both cases, he picked a girl from New York. But was it a requirement that the nominee be a nice girl?
In 1997, while serving as a White House adviser to President Bill Clinton, current Solicitor General and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan urged the president to support a ban on late-term abortions for political reasons.
The sun has not yet set on the first day of Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court and already the sexist language, inferences, and other forms of irrelevant judgment have started to circulate, coming from both the ultra-right in the Republican party, anti-women’s rights/anti-gay rights advocacy groups, and the mainstream media.
This morning, President Obama officially nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Reaction by both progressives and conservatives has been mixed.