Dawn Johnsen

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Obama has picked Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel for the  Department of Justice.  Dawn Johnsen was the legal director of the National Abortion Rights Action League back in the eighties.

She is a radical pro-abort.  How radical?  Consider this quote  in a brief she filed:  “disturbingly suggestive of involuntary servitude, prohibited by the 13th Amendment, in that forced pregnancy requires a woman to provide continuous physical service to the fetus in order to further the state’s asserted interest.”  Radical enough that Arlen Specter, perhaps the most pro-abort Republican in the Senate,  called this statement “beyond the pale”.  When confronted with this at her hearing she denied making a thirteenth amendment argument which is simply bizarre based on the clear language of her brief.

Further interesting quotes from Johnsen, including a comparison of pro-lifers to the Ku Klux Klan, are here.  Senate Republicans are considering a filibuster to stop this nomination, and such an effort should be supported with all the resources that the pro-life cause can muster.

 

Update:  Apparently the White House is concerned that they wouldn’t have the votes in the Senate to defeat a filibuster.  Good.

13 Responses to Dawn Johnsen

  • Phillip says:

    Obama is pro-life in that he is pro-choice and non-pro-abortion. In this he seeks to affirm priciples stated in Catholic social teaching. The statements from CST definitively teach that increases in taxation, social programs and family health/sexual education necessarily increase the prosperity of all and thus necessarily reduce abortion.

    Being pro-choice Obama is also definitely in accord with recognzing the freedom of the person and subsidiarity in society. This is also consistent with CST which definitively teaches that laws against abortion do not reduce abortion and violate the dignity of the person in the right to freedom of conscience.

    Make sense?

  • “Obama is pro-life in that he is pro-choice and non-pro-abortion. In this he seeks to affirm priciples stated in Catholic social teaching. … Being pro-choice Obama is also definitely in accord with recognzing the freedom of the person and subsidiarity in society.”

    I’d say Phillip’s been taking notes from Gerald Campbell. ;-)

  • Elaine Krewer says:

    I wonder if Obama isn’t making all these appointments of hard-core pro-aborts to his administration as a way to placate his hard-core pro-abort supporters (like Planned Parenthood and NARAL) for his failure to push the Freedom of Choice Act and for breaking his promise to make signing FOCA the “first thing” he would do as President?

  • Donald R. McClarey says:

    Partially I think you are right Elaine. However it has been noted that his appointees in second tier positions in his administration, as in the case of Ms. Johnsen, are much more to the left than his cabinet level nominees. That is not an uncommon strategy for most administrations: present a moderate face to the public, and have the “true believers” below set and implement policy.

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