Thursday, October 27, 2005

Come on, NARAL!

Somehow, I ended up on the mailing list of the National Abortion Rights Action League, I think by signing a petition on birthcontrol or Plan B or something. Anyway, here's excerpts from an e-mail I got from them Monday:
Use our handy Frequently Asked Questions guide to Harriet Miers' nomination.

1. If Miers gets confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice, what will that mean for me?

Miers would replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has been the swing vote protecting the right to choose on the Supreme Court. Miers' nomination means that she could tip the balance in cases that affect women's reproductive freedom. The American public deserves to know whether she would jeopardize fundamental freedoms that O'Connor historically protected -- and it's up to the Bush administration and Miers to be candid about where she stands....

4. What was the buzz about right-wing activists getting insider information from Karl Rove?

Just after Harriet Miers was nominated, James Dobson -- founder of the ultra-conservative Focus on the Family -- told the media that Karl Rove had given him the inside scoop on Miers: "When you know some of the things that I know that I probably shouldn't will understand why I have said...that I believe Harriet Miers will be a good justice." To James Dobson, a "good justice" means someone who will vote to overturn Roe. We'd like to know: why does Dobson get high-level information before the Senate and the American public does?
All in all, they didn't sound to happy about the nomination.

Then, yesterday, I looked in my inbox and saw the following subject line: "Bush Panders to Radical Right, Withdraws Miers' Nomination." Sigh. Looks like NARAL's made up its mind to oppose whatever Bush does.

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