by Ben Shapiro,Human Events
I truly like Elena Kagan,but she is doing a terrible job of telling the truth during these hearings. At yesterdays proceedings,she lied in no less than five areas of the law,none of them boding well for the future of the Constitution.
Kagan was asked by Senator Jeff Sessions about a memo from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). That memo stated,[A] select panel convened by ACOG could identify no circumstances under which [the partial-birth] procedure would be the only option to save the life or preserve the health of the woman. Kagan notated next to this sentence,This,of course,would be disaster.
When asked about it,first she tried to deny that she had written it;she would admit only that it is my handwriting. Later she acknowledged that she was in fact responsible for the comment.
Then she obfuscated with wild philosophic and legal gyrations that would put a stripper to shame:President Clinton had strong views on this issue and what he thought was that this procedure should be banned,in all cases except where the procedure was necessary to save the life or to prevent serious health consequences to the woman and those were always his principles. And we tried over the course of the period of time when this statute was being considered,actually twice,to get him absolutely the best medical evidence on this subject possible.
Well,no. She tried to have ACOG rewrite the memo so that it would emphasize the possible dangers to the health of the woman in banning dilation and extraction (D&X),the partial-birth abortion procedure. She then informed Clinton of the memo,which now emphasized,An intact D&X,however,may be the best or most appropriate procedure in a particular circumstance to save the life or preserve the health of a woman,and only the doctor,in consultation with the patient,based upon the womans particular circumstances can make this decision. She finally noted,In sum,doctors have other options,but those other options may be more risky or otherwise more undesirable from a medical standpoint. Well,no,thats not what the original said. But Kagan said her desire was merely to help clarify the statement,not to change it.
Here is Video of the Kagan’s Abortion Exchange with Hatch