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Democrat Calls Kagan Abortion Memo 'Troubling'

Tuesday, 18 May 2010 06:20 PM

 


A senior House Democrat says senators should fully question Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to make sure she supports abortion rights.

New York Rep. Louise Slaughter leads the House Pro-Choice Caucus. Slaughter views as "troubling" — her word — a 1997 memo Kagan wrote urging then- President Bill Clinton to back a ban on late-term abortions.

Slaughter wrote to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and the panel's ranking Republican, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, on Tuesday.

She said the lack of a judicial record for Kagan, who has never been a judge, makes it imperative that the committee scrutinize her abortion views.

Kagan was a domestic policy adviser to Clinton when she wrote the memo Slaughter cited.

(This version CORRECTS Slaughter's first name to Louise, not Louis.)


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