Looks like Elena Kagan urged former President Bill Clinton to support a ban on late-term abortions back in the day. Despite how this may look on face, I don’t think it says much about her position on abortion. In fact, her justification for encouraging then-President Clinton to support this particular version of a ban was to prevent the Republican Congress from overriding his veto on a stricter ban.
Documents reviewed Monday by The Associated Press show Kagan encouraging Clinton to support a bill that would have banned all abortions of viable fetuses except when the physical health of the mother was at risk. The documents from Clinton’s presidential library are among the first to surface in which President Barack Obama’s new choice for the high court weighs in on the thorny issue of abortion.
The proposal was a compromise by Democratic Sen. Tom Daschle. Clinton did support the proposal, but it failed and Clinton vetoed a stricter Republican ban. [Read more...]