Skip to comments.Gonzales Wrong for Attorney General; Why Won't Bush pick a Pro-Life Nominee? American Life League.
Posted on 11/12/2004 9:07:10 AM PST by cpforlife.org
To: National Desk
Contact: Amber Matchen of the American Life League, 540-903-9572 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Judie Brown, president of American Life League, issued the following statement in response to news that White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales is being considered as the replacement for U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft:
"President Bush appears to be doing all that he can to downright ignore pro-life principles. There can be no other explanation for his recommendation of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general. Gonzales has a record, and that record is crystal clear.
"As a Texas Supreme Court justice, Gonzales' rulings implied he does not view abortion as a heinous crime. Choosing not to rule against abortion, in any situation, is the epitome of denying justice for an entire segment of the American population -- preborn babies in the womb.
"When asked if his own personal feelings about abortion would play a role in his decisions, Gonzales told the Los Angeles Times in 2001 that his 'own personal feelings about abortion don't matter... The question is, what is the law, what is the precedent, what is binding in rendering your decision. Sometimes, interpreting a statute, you may have to uphold a statute that you may find personally offensive. But as a judge, that's your job.' Gonzales' position is clear: the personhood of the preborn human being is secondary to technical points of law, and that is a deadly perspective for anyone to take.
"President Bush claims he wants to assist in bringing about a culture of life. Such a culture begins with total protection for every innocent human being from the moment that person's life begins. Within the short period of one week, the president has been silent on pro-abortion Sen. Arlen Specter's desire to chair the senate judiciary committee, and has spoken out in favor of a judge with a pro-abortion track record to lead the Justice Department.
"Why is President Bush betraying the babies? Justice begins with protecting the most vulnerable in our midst. Please, Mr. President -- just say no to the unjust views of Alberto Gonzales."
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Aren't Supreme Court justices supposed to enforce law without letting personal feelings get in the way?
=== This is a very troubling perspective on Bush.
See, this is the thing. It's NOT troubling. That's just it. In fact, it's only to be expected.
Only if he were to actually appoint a man of integrity to a spot where defense of human life were critical would I be troubled ... I'd have one hell of a time trying to figure that one out.
Why yes, yes they are.
Lets just throw everybody who disagrees overboard. President Hillary will thank us in 4 years.
I would rather change the law the in correct way, than to have judges change the law according to their whims -- which is how we got abortion foisted on us in the first place.
And anyway -- as Attorney General Mr. Gonzales has no power to change laws, only to enforce them.
This guy is an excellent nominee. This stupid complaint does nothing but marginalize the pro-life position among a group that supports their position.
And it also makes them strange bedfellows with the folks on the left who want to oust Gonzales for being pro-life.
The Attorney General does not make law.
Everybody agrees that rule only applies to judges on the "other" side.
So, let us know when you get the whole Ashcroft Tenure figured out....
I see your point, Askel. I do expect it generally, but not to this extent.
Oh come on folks. Because of one ruling this guy is now tarred as pro-abortion? Get a grip. We need an attorney general who will be tough in combatting terrorism like Ashcroft was. The AG will have very little to do with abortion but EVERYTHING to do with whether or not we're kept safe. And Gonzalez has a stellar record of supporting Ashcroft's strong policies of keeping terrorists in check. That's what's important, not another lame-brained abortion vendetta based on little more than one controversial ruling. Let's get past fanaticism and blind ideological straightjacketing or we'll end up like the Dems. and unable to win elections.
Yes, they are; but let's not stop those who despise Bush from all their rantings; they do so love it, you know.
I agree. I am totally opposed to abortion, but I read Gonzalez's supposedly "pro-choice" decision and I think people misunderstand it. Gonzalez was supposed to anaylze whether a particular law (parental notification) was being applied as the legislators had intended. He doesn't have to approve of what the legisltors intended.
Bush is an idiot
Maybe it was just one of those campaign promise things...
The Bush haters are back, just looking for ANY issue to trash him with.
If they had their way, we'd snatch "defeat" from the jaws of victory!!!
I have a better question.
Why are people determined to emulate the behavior they despised in Daschle?
Speak to his qualifications (or lack thereof) to make the case of whether he should be AG. His views on abortion are not relevent on their own merit. Anymore than someone being a pro-Life Christian was relevent to their ability to serve as AG.
He promised there would be no litmus test ..just those who follow the law..
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