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Background information on “radical” short list of potential SCOTUS nominees

The following report on Fox News quoted from the information contained in this post:

Americans United for Life’s Probable Short List of Supreme Court Nominees:

1. Elena Kagan – Solicitor General of the United States

The current Solicitor General (SG) of the United States, Elena Kagan is a former clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall (1987-1988) and former Dean of Harvard Law School (2003-2009).  Kagan has publicly and repeatedly criticized Rust v. Sullivan (1991 Supreme Court case upholding federal regulations on Title X family planning funds) as allowing the subsidization of “anti-abortion” speech. As a law clerk, she also authored a memo stating that faith-based groups that operate pregnancy care centers should be excluded from counseling pregnant teens.

2. Judge Diane Wood – Federal Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

A Wood nomination would return the abortion wars to the Supreme Court because of her abortion advocacy.  Judge Diane Wood is currently a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and was a former clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun (1976-77), the author of Roe v. Wade.  Judge Wood’s record shows she places her pro-abortion ideology above her judicial duty.  She dissented against partial birth abortion bans in Illinois and Wisconsin, she dissented against an informed consent law in Indiana that was nearly identical to one upheld by the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and she ruled that the federal law designed to counter organized crime (the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)) was properly applied against pro-life demonstrators, an opinion which was effectively twice overruled by the Supreme Court.

3. Secretary Janet Napolitano – United States Secretary of Homeland Security

From 2003-2008, as Governor, Napolitano vetoed 12-13 separate pieces of pro-life legislation and she appointed Planned Parenthood’s CEO to the Governor’s Commission on the Health Status of Women and Families.  Janet Napolitano currently serves as the US Secretary of Homeland Security and was the former Governor of Arizona.  As Secretary of Homeland Security, she released a report to the nation’s law enforcement community branding pro-life activists as potential “domestic terrorists.”

4. Judge Merrick Garland – Federal Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Judge Merrick Garland is currently a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Judge Garland did volunteer work for presidential candidates who held pro-abortion views, including Bill Clinton in 1992 and Michael Dukakis in 1988.

5. Governor Jennifer Granholm – Governor of Michigan

The current Governor, and former Attorney General of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm is strongly pro-choice.  Helen Milliken, wife of former Michigan Governor William Milliken, praised Granholm by stating, “Governor Granholm may well be our last line of defense if Roe v. Wade is overturned.”

6. Leah Ward Sears – former Georgia Chief Justice

Justice Sears has a very expansive view of the role of a judge for striking down “morals legislation” and an expansive view of the right to privacy.  Justice Leah Ward Sears is the former Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court (retired in June 2009).