Friends and colleagues of Harriet Miers, President Bush’s nominee to the Supreme Court, are widely quoted in the press today confirming that Miers is opposed to abortion. Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht, a longtime colleague and companion of Miers’, told the Washington Post, “I know she is pro-life. She thinks that after conception, it’s not a balancing act – or if it is, it’s a balancing of two equal lives.”
Lorlee Bartos, Miers’ campaign manager in 1989 when she ran for Dallas City Council, told The Dallas Morning News that Miers told her she used to be pro-choice, but a “profound, born-again experience” changed her mind – “She is on the extreme end of the anti-choice movement,” Bartos said.
“The right to a safe, legal abortion is on the line with Harriet Miers’ nomination,” said Eleanor Smeal. “With the O’Connor seat as the balancing vote on numerous 5-4 decisions, the public, especially women, deserves to know much more about Harriet Miers. This time, the Senate must not only ask tough questions, but if there are no answers, Senators must not confirm her for a lifetime appointment.”