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AUL’s Kagan File: The “Campaign Contributions” Memo


TO: [Undisclosed Parties]

FROM: Americans United for Life Legal Team

DATE: June 22, 2010

RE: Kagan Puts Her Money Where Her Political Ideology Is


Whom a person supports with hard-earned money speaks volumes about the values she holds.  One gives financially to political candidates whom one respects, and whose political values, policies, and positions on important issues one would like to see advanced.  Today, we examine which political candidates Elena Kagan has supported financially and their positions on abortion.

Elena Kagan has given campaign contributions to staunchly pro-abortion candidates, including:

  • Her boss, President Barack Obama.  Kagan has contributed money to his various campaigns, giving $4600 in contributions in June of 2008, as well as an additional $2000 to support Obama when he ran for the U.S. Senate.[1] President Obama holds the most radical views on abortion of any president in U.S. history.[2] While a U.S. Senator, Obama opposed the partial birth abortion ban and opposed legislation that would protect infants who survive abortions.[3] During Obama’s presidential campaign, he promised Planned Parenthood that the first thing he would do when elected president would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act into law, which would constitute the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.[4]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, one of the most outspoken advocates of abortion in our nation’s history, has also benefited from Kagan’s checkbook.[5] Clinton not only works to expand access to abortion for American women, but also works to legalize abortion for women around the world.[6] Clinton recently stated that “an important part of women’s health and reproductive health includes access to abortion,” and “[W]e are now an administration that will protect the rights of women, including their rights to reproductive health care.”[7] A long-time recipient of NARAL support, Clinton received Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger[8] Award in 2009, which Clinton described as a “great privilege.”[9]
  • Kagan also supported Senator John Kerry’s campaign, contributing a total of $1500 in 2000 and 2001.[10] Senator Kerry firmly supports Roe v. Wade and the alleged “right to abortion.”  As a Senator, he opposed a criminal penalty for harming an unborn child during the commission of another crime, the partial birth abortion ban, and legislation to maintain a ban of abortion on military facilities.[11] An advocate for embryonic stem cell research, which necessarily takes the life of an embryonic human being, Kerry also signed a letter asking President Bush to expand embryonic stem cell research.[12] Since Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Kerry has endorsed the woman who supported his campaign.[13]
  • Kagan contributed to Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.[14] Al Gore is an advocate of abortion as part of international family planning.[15] In 1997, Gore asserted that “Third World nations are producing too many children too fast…[I]t is time to ignore the controversy over family planning and out-of-control population growth. . .[and recognize abortion as part of the solution to this problem].”[16] During the 2000 election campaign, he stated, “I will defend a woman’s right to choose, regardless of her economic circumstances.  I will not allow Roe v. Wade to be overturned.”
  • Kagan gave money to Judy Feder, a candidate endorsed by the pro-abortion Emily’s List, in her race for Congress in 2006.  According to the National Organization of Women’s website, Feder “understands the importance of maintaining women’s reproductive rights…[and] fully supports women’s right to choose abortion and birth control, as well as access to family planning services that include emergency contraception.”[17]


Kagan has contributed thousands of dollars to some of the most pro-abortion politicians and candidates in American history. While political contributions do not speak directly to how Kagan would judge on the Supreme Court, her political contributions reveal she actively supports pro-abortion political candidates for public office. Americans have every reason to believe Kagan will bring this same radically pro-abortion commitment and worldview to the Supreme Court. Senators should ask Kagan if her pro-abortion political ideology will influence her ability to render impartial justice when abortion cases come before the Supreme Court.

[1] See http://www.newsmeat.com/washington_political_donations/Elena_Kagan.php.

[2] Within three days of President Obama taking office, he overturned the Mexico City Policy, which forbade federal funding of groups that provide or promote abortion.  For other instances, see http://www.aul.org/2008/06/what-did-barack-obama-promise-planned-parenthood.

[3] See http://www.ontheissues.org/social/barack_obama_abortion.htm.

[4] See http://www.fightfoca.com/.

[5] See http://www.newsmeat.com/washington_political_donations/Elena_Kagan.php.

[6] See http://www.opposingviews.com/i/hillary-clinton-supports-abortion-as-reproductive-health.

[7] See http://www.opposingviews.com/i/hillary-clinton-supports-abortion-as-reproductive-health.

[8] Planned Parenthood was founded by Margaret Sanger with the genocidal, eugenic intention of wiping out black children and other minority or low-income people.  See http://www.aul.org/2008/04/planned-parenthood-doesn%e2%80%99t-deny-its-racist-principles/.

[9] See http://www.opposingviews.com/i/hillary-clinton-supports-abortion-as-reproductive-health.

[10] See http://www.newsmeat.com/washington_political_donations/Elena_Kagan.php.

[11] See http://www.ontheissues.org/2004/John_Kerry_Abortion.htm.

[12] See http://www.ontheissues.org/2004/John_Kerry_Abortion.htm.

[13] See http://www.salemnews.com/local/x1700426273/Kerry-praises-Kagan-Brown-keeping-an-open-mind.

[14] See http://www.newsmeat.com/washington_political_donations/Elena_Kagan.php.

[15] See http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/oct/07101206.html.

[16] See http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/oct/07101206.html (emphasis added).

[17] See http://www.nowpacs.org/2008/feder.html.