Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I subscribe to multiple pro-life newsletters from across this great nation (okay, and one or two foreign ones) and recently news came in from the buckeye state.

Of course, affirming the rights of the unborn is in no way comparable to denying the rights of slaves, and I've been over this before, but the Roebots are still using this argument and it still is ridiculous. Here is the unedited newsletter entry:

Urge Voinovich & Brown to Oppose Dawn Johnsen Nomination

Action Requested: Please contact U.S. Senators George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown and urge them to oppose the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.

Explanation: President Obama has nominated a radical pro-abortion activist, Dawn Johnsen, as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel. Johnsen is a former Legal Director for the pro-abortion group, NARAL. She also worked for the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.

While with NARAL, Johnsen was the lead author of a brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court which argued that statutes that restrict abortion are "disturbingly suggestive of involuntary servitude, prohibited by the Thirteenth Amendment, in that forced pregnancy requires a woman to provide continuous physical service to the fetus. ..." The brief also stated: "The woman is constantly aware for nine months that her body is not wholly her own; the state has conscripted her body for its own ends.... [Abortion restrictions] reduce pregnant women to no more than fetal containers."

Among other things, the head of the Office of Legal Counsel is responsible for advising the White House and Executive Agencies on constitutional questions and the constitutionality of all pending statutes. Yet, in her 2008 essay "A Progressive Agenda for Women's Reproductive Health and Liberty on Roe v. Wade's Thirty-Fifth Anniversary", Johnsen described as "wrongly decided" longstanding Supreme Court decisions that upheld the constitutionality of parental notice and consent statutes and restrictions on public funding of abortion, as well as the more recent decision upholding the ban on partial-birth abortion.

It is thus clear that Johnsen's views and advice on the constitutionality of abortion-related issues will not just adhere to Roe v. Wade, but promote an even more radical view of totally unrestricted abortion on demand.

ACTION: Contact Senators George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown and urge them to oppose the nomination of Dawn Johnsen as head of the Office of Legal Counsel, and to vote against any motion to cut off debate on the nomination. Tell them that Johnsen's history of pro-abortion advocacy indicates that she would use her position to promote her own views on unrestricted abortion on demand that go well beyond the holding in Roe v. Wade.

You can contact Senator George Voinovich at:

Washington office (202) 224-3353
Columbus office (614) 469-6697
Cleveland office (216) 522-7095
Cincinnati office (513) 684-3265
Toledo office (419) 259-3895
Nelsonville office (740) 441-6410

You can contact Senator Sherrod Brown at:

Washington office (202) 224-2315
Cleveland office (216) 522-7272
Cincinnati office (513) 684-1021
Columbus office (614) 469-2083
Lorain office (440) 242-4100

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