The following statement is from Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life:
“Americans United for Life applauds President Trump’s nomination of the Hon. William Barr to serve the country once again as U.S. Attorney General, as Mr. Barr did previously in the administration of George H.W. Bush. Mr. Barr is a strong supporter of the right to Life, and is committed to the rule of law for all persons. Questioned by Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, Mr. Barr said that he did not believe the right of privacy extends to abortion, and he stated:
I think that the basic issue is whether or not abortion should be something that should be decided by society, by the people, the extent to which it is permitted—the extent to which it is regulated. That those are legitimate issues for state legislatures to deal with and that’s where the decision making authority should be. Roe v. Wade basically in my view took it away from the states and found an absolute right in the Constitution, foreclosed any kind of role for society to place regulations on abortion and I don’t think that opinion was the right opinion.
Mr. Barr’s first nomination for the office of Attorney General was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee under Judiciary Chairman Joe Biden.”