Elena Kagan - Obama's Supreme Court Nominee

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If it were not for the oil spill, the most popular news topic would probably be President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court. The news on the street is that Solicitor General Elena Kagan will get the nod:

 President Barack Obama will nominate U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, NBC News' Pete Williams reported late Sunday night.

Kagan, 50, served as the Dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009. Obama nominated her to serve in her current post as solicitor general early in 2009, and she won Senate confirmation by a vote of 61-31. She is the first woman to serve as solicitor general of the United States.

She was widely viewed as a front-runner when Obama was considering candidates for a Supreme Court opening last year, but the president ultimately chose Sonia Sotomayor for the job.

Recall that it was Barack Obama who voted against and blocked legislation that would have protected infants who were born alive following an unsuccessful abortion (he took a leadership role to kill it).   He also vowed to nominate Supreme Court justices that support Roe v Wade and voted against the highly qualified Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.  

As a result, a radical pro-abortion nominee by Obama is really not a surprise

Americans United for Life has done the research

The current Solicitor General (SG) of the United States, Elena Kagan is a former clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall (1987-1988) and former Dean of Harvard Law School (2003-2009).  Kagan has publicly and repeatedly criticized Rust v. Sullivan (1991 Supreme Court case upholding federal regulations on Title X family planning funds) as allowing the subsidization of "anti-abortion" speech.  As a law clerk, she also authored a memo stating that faith-based groups that operate pregnancy care centers should be excluded from counseling pregnant teens.


And, Steve Ertelt writes:

Kagan is an ardent abortion advocate who, at 50, would leave a pro-abortion legacy for Obama on the Supreme Court for decades to come. She would confirm the suspicion of many political observers that Obama decided to go with a radical left-wing nominee while Democrats control the Senate with a huge advantage that is expected to deteriorate after the November elections.

Indeed, her written answers to questions prior to becoming the Solitor General suggest she would respect laws and precedent that protect abortion:

9. Is it your belief that the U.S. Constitution confers a right to abortion? Why or why not?

Answer: Under prevailing law, the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment protects a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy, subject to various permissible forms of state regulation. See Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992). As Solicitor General, I would owe respect to this law, as I would to general principles of stare decisis.

Beyond this, Kagan is well-known as the Harvard Law School Dean who tried to bar the military from college campuses and her lack of experience is certainly an issue

She has never been a judge or even argued a case in a court of appeals. It is difficult to see how her experience fundraising for Harvard Law School qualifies her for a seat on the Nation's high court.

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