Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lindsey Graham Supports Elena Kagan Doctoring Medical Opinions on Partial Birth Abortion

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was the lone Republican vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow Elena Kagan to go forward in her confirmation hearings. Graham said Kagan would not be "his choice," but said he thought Obama "chose wisely." Now, understand that this woman actually convinced a task force of physicians to falsify their own statement which would be used to decide on the legality of partial birth abortions at the Supreme Court. How does Senator Graham think his vote is appropriate?

Elena Kagan
Lindsey Graham 

Because of this falsified statement, credited to a task force referred to as a "select panel" of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Nebraska's partial-birth abortion ban in 2000.

The falsified statement basically said, in the name of physicians, the partial-birth abortion "may be the best or most appropriate procedure in a particular circumstance to save the life or preserve the health of a woman," which is not what the physicians said. Kagan replaced a medical judgement with a political agenda.

The ACOG said exactly the opposite. Unborn children have died because Elena Kagan lied:
The task force's initial draft statement did not include the statement that the controversial abortion procedure "might be" the best method "in a particular circumstance." 
Instead, it said that the select ACOG panel "could identify no circumstances under which this procedure...would be the only option to save the life or preserve the health of the woman."
ACOG, although said to be apolitical, gave their statement to the Clinton White House, where Elena Kagan lurked:
Miss Kagan, then a deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy, already knew ACOG’s stance as a result of a July 1996 meeting at the White House, at which ACOG representatives told administration officials — according to a Kagan memorandum [PDF] — that “in the vast majority of cases, selection of the partial birth procedure is not necessary to avert serious adverse consequences to a woman’s health.”
Kagan told the White House this statement "would be a disaster:"
Her notes, produced by the White House to the Senate Judiciary Committee, show that she herself drafted the critical language hedging ACOG’s position. On a document [PDF] captioned “Suggested Options” — which she apparently faxed to the legislative director at ACOG — Kagan proposed that ACOG include the following language: “An intact D&X [the medical term for the procedure], however, may be the best or most appropriate procedure in a particular circumstance to save the life or preserve the health of a woman.
ACOG did exactly as she asked and added her statement, exactly as she wrote it, to their own. The statement went to the Supreme Court and her part in it was not disclosed to the Supreme Court Justices.

Slate writer William Saletan said Kagan was "only doing her job," but he did slam ACOG for so willingly and silently being a White House tool.

In Committee hearings, the note she wrote in her hand was identified by Kagan. She said she was "clarifying a position." How vile does one have to be to change medical science to allow a late term abortion, and how incredibly evil does Congress have to be to put this woman on the Supreme Court?

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