The White House on Friday announced that Dawn Johnsen has withdrawn her nomination by Obama to head of the Office of Legal Counsel. This was after a year during which it became increasingly clear that Republicans in the Senate, joined by some Democrats, would never vote to confirm her, and that the administration lacked the votes to break a filibuster.
Who is Dawn Johnsen? As I noted in April last year:
“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.”
Her defeat is good news for the pro-life cause.