Sunday, March 29, 2009

Senate Panel OKs Obama's Pro-Abortion Nominee for Office of Legal Counsel

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by Steven Ertelt, Editor
March 19
, 2009

Washington, DC ( -- The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved President Barack Obama's pro-abortion nominee for the Office of Legal Counsel. In a party line vote, the committee signed off on Dawn Johnsen, a former NARAL attorney, who will become Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Legal Counsel. Johnsen is currently a professor at the Indiana University School of Law, but she is also a longtime abortion advocate and was the Legal Director for NARAL from 1988-1993. Johnsen has come under fire for equating pregnancy with slavery and, ironically, a pro-abortion Republican quizzed her about that during the hearing. The 11-7 vote reflects sharp division over Johnsen's writings and her position on issues unrelated to pro-life concerns that also upset Senate Republicans on the committee. She is the first of Obama's Justice Department nominees not to receive at least one vote from Republican members of the panel. When her nomination comes before the Senate, which will be next week at the earliest, Johnsen will be opposed by most of the chamber's Republicans. The only committee member who did not vote on Johnsen's nomination was Sen. Arlen Specter, who questioned her on the pregnancy-slavery connection she made. Full story at

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