Thursday, August 11, 2005

NARAL <3 roberts

John Roberts is Bush's nomination for Supreme Court. NARAL is a pro-choice organizataion dedicated to defending Roe v. Wade. Roberts has said in the past that he does not consider Roe v. Wade to be based on a sound interpretation of the Constitution. This pretty much puts him on NARAL's shit list.

NARAL has now found yet another reason to hate Roberts, and is airing an ad urging people to call their Senators and ask them to oppose this nomination. It has now been revealed that John Roberts argued in favour of Operation Rescue (a christian anti-abortion organization) in 1991.

The ad focuses on Roberts’ amicus brief in 1991 on the side of the notorious Operation Rescue, convicted clinic bomber Michael Bray, and others in the Supreme Court case Bray v. Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic, as well as his 1992 efforts in a U.S. District Court to lift an injunction against Operation Rescue. The defendants in the Bray case included violent anti-choice activists Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue; Michael Bray, who had been convicted for his involvement in 10 bombings at health centers in the 1980s; and Patrick Mahoney, a consultant to Operation Rescue. Roberts argued the case before the Supreme Court and said that Operation Rescue's unlawful behavior did not amount to discrimination against women.

“In the four years before John Roberts argued Bray vs. Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic in front of the Supreme Court, anti-choice radicals were responsible for at least 48 bombings and arsons in 24 states, along with 57 acid attacks, more than 4,000 disruptive acts such as bomb threats, harassing calls and hate mail,” said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

“I want to be very clear that we are not suggesting Mr. Roberts condones or supports clinic violence. I’m sure he finds bombings and murder abhorrent. But still his ideological view of the law compelled him to go out of his way to argue on behalf of someone like Michael Bray, who had already been convicted of a string of bombings.”



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