Friday, April 10, 2009

Senate Pro-Life Advocates May Filibuster Obama's Pro-Abortion Legal Counsel Pick

Washington, DC ( -- Because she has such strongly pro-abortion views that place her outside the mainstream, pro-life advocates in the U.S. Senate are considering a filibuster of Dawn Johnsen, President Barack Obama's nominee to become the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Legal Counsel.

Johnsen, a former NARAL attorney who was its legal director from 1988-1993, has been criticized for equating pregnancy with slavery. Her views are so extreme that pro-life members of the House have called on Obama to withdraw her nomination.

Congressman Steve King and several other pro-life lawmakers went to the floor of the House Wednesday night and called for Johnsen's name to be withdrawn. “Nominating Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel is an insult to pro-life Americans who are willing to work with President Obama to find common ground," he said. "Her personal pro-abortion agenda, previous disparaging comments about pro-life Americans and past criticism of Congress' ban on partial-birth abortion are evidence that she is not interested in finding common ground with those who oppose her narrow philosophy." Full story at

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