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Miers’ 1989 Questionnaire on Abortion Reveals Extreme Anti-Abortion View

A 1989 Texans for Life questionnaire released yesterday made clear that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers is extremely opposed to abortion. The 1989 questionnaire was delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee along with Miers’ answers to the questionnaire given to her by the committee. On the questionnaire, given to Miers during her run for Dallas City Council in 1989, Miers checked “yes” to every question posed by the Texan United for Life and said she would like to be considered for an endorsement by the group’s PAC.

In the questionnaire, Miers said she would vote against the appointment of pro-choice people to Dallas health boards and committees, oppose the use of public funding for abortion services except to save the life of the woman, use her influence as an elected official to “promote the pro-life cause,” and participate in anti-abortion rallies and events. The questionnaire also indicated that she supported the so-called Human Life Amendment to constitutionally ban all abortions except where necessary to prevent the death of the woman.

“It is becoming more and more clear that Harriet Miers’ is indeed on the ‘extreme end of the anti-choice movement,’ as her former campaign manager Lorlee Bartos described her,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “The questionnaire also raises question of credibility of the process. The president led the public to believe he did not discuss abortion with Miers, or know where she stood on the issue, but the White House had the 1989 questionnaire all during the process.”

Miers also submitted her completed questionnaire to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, which was very thin. Both Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) are asking Miers to provide additional information. “With the O’Connor seat as the fifth vote on not only abortion, but many issues important to women and minorities, the public, especially women, deserves to know much more about Harriet Miers and her views on the issues,” said Smeal.

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Sources:

Texans for Life questionnaire 4/11/89; Feminist Majority