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.