Wednesday, October 26

MIERS BOBS AND WEAVES ON RIGHT TO LIFE

This post by Bulldogpundit, linking to a speech by Harriet Miers in 1993, is apt to provide many of we pro-lifers with a good case of heartburn and a renewed call for the withdrawal of her nomination by those of us who feel the president is being hurt politically by his faulty judgment in nominating her. I sure don't read any ambiguity into her words. Seems others do not as well:

Kyleen Wright, president of the Texans for Life Coalition, said she found Miers's principle of self-determination "troubling" and also was concerned about Miers's choice of words in characterizing the abortion debate. "In the pro-life movement, we don't recognize a right to decide who lives or dies," Wright said.

I trust Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will explore Harriet Miers' notion of "self-determination."

Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers said in a speech more than a decade ago that "self-determination" should guide decisions about abortion and school prayer and that in cases where scientific facts are disputed and religious beliefs vary, "government should not act."

In a 1993 speech to a Dallas women's group, Miers talked about abortion, the separation of church and state, and how the issues play out in the legal system. "The underlying theme in most of these cases is the insistence of more self-determination," she said. "And the more I think about these issues, the more self-determination makes sense."


I'd particularly like to know how a preborn effects self-determination when his or her mother is being wheeled into an abortion clinic.

FOLLOW-UP: Frank Laughter is more expansive than I on the revelations found in this speech and clearly more perturbed. But can you blame him? After all, the president has told us just to "trust" him on his choice. Sure makes one wonder to what extent the Miers' nomination was even vetted properly.

FOLLOW-UP II: ProLifeBlogs wades in on the WaPo piece vis-a-vis the 1993 speech and cautiously characterizes Miers' remarks as "very disturbing -- if accurately represented."

FOLLOW-UP III: More from Professor Bainbridge on THE SPEECH.