From Live Action News:
Obama nominee Garland sided against Priests for Life in contraception mandate case
As Americans attempt to discern the views of Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, the Washington Post’s Julie Zauzmer has identified a past case in which he sided against Priests for Life.
In May, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals voted 6-3 to deny the group an en banc hearing by the whole court in its case against the Obama Administration’s contraception mandate, which had the result of preserving an earlier ruling in favor of the mandate.
Jay Wexler of Boston University attempted to downplay Garland’s vote with the majority as a procedural move “which doesn’t say much of anything about his views on the case,” though he did acknowledge it meant Garland “didn’t think the panel opinion denying the Priests’ religious freedom claim was clearly wrong.”
In addition, Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards was seen entering the White House West Wing minutes after Obama’s announcement of the nomination concluded, which has been interpreted as a sign that Obama wished to reassure Richards of Garland’s commitment to upholding a right to abortion.
As Live Action News covered Wednesday, Garland has not explicitly discussed or or directly ruled on abortion, but was a former clerk for Justice William Brennan, who voted in favor of Roe v. Wade, and has praised Justice Harry Blackmun, the author of Roe’s majority opinion.
In other news, big-business abortion-for-profit seems pleased with the appointment…
Planned Parenthood CEO Applauds Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee
After President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards applauded the president’s choice and urged the Senate to approve him.
“Judge Garland is an intelligent, highly accomplished judge who has secured bipartisan support in his previous appointments,” Richards said in a statement. “Now that the President has upheld his constitutional duty, it is time for the Senate to uphold theirs. The American people deserve a full court and a justice appointed by the President they elected for four years — not three. It is time for the Senate to do their job and give Judge Garland a fair hearing and up or down vote.”
Leaving aside considerations of his bad ruling in DC about the 2nd Amendment, if big-business abortion-for-profit Richards wants him approved, …