Pro-Life Group Takes Issue with Gonzales Nomination

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:05pm EDT

( - A pro-life group is blasting President Bush's pick of White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to replace Attorney General John Ashcroft.

The American Life League criticized Gonzales for ruling in the past in a way that runs counter to the pro-life movement. Gonzales has said he would interpret the law even those that he may "find personally offensive," even when it applies to abortion.

"As a Texas Supreme Court Justice, Gonzales' rulings implied he does not view abortion as a heinous crime. Choosing not to rule against abortion, in any situation, is the epitome of denying justice for an entire segment of the American population - preborn babies in the womb," said Judie Brown, president of ALL, in a statement.

Brown accused Bush of "doing all that he can to downright ignore pro-life principles," by nominating Gonzales. "Gonzales has a record, and that record is crystal clear," she said.

Brown pointed to Gonzales' remarks to the Los Angeles Times in 2001. She said, "When asked if his own personal feelings about abortion would play a role in his decisions," Gonzales replied "that his 'own personal feelings about abortion don't matter.'"

Gonzales told the newspaper, "The question is, what is the law, what is the precedent, what is binding in rendering your decision. Sometimes, interpreting a statute, you may have to uphold a statute that you may find personally offensive. But as a judge, that's your job."

"Gonzales' position is clear: the personhood of the preborn human being is secondary to technical points of law, and that is a deadly perspective for anyone to take," said Brown.

"President Bush claims he wants to assist in bringing about a culture of life. Such a culture begins with total protection for every innocent human being from the moment that person's life begins," Brown added.

Brown also took issue with Sen. Arlen Specter's (R-Pa.) pro-abortion views and accused the president of not speaking out about Specter's desire to head the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will be instrumental in confirming judicial nominations.

"Within the short period of one week, the president has been silent on pro-abortion Sen. Arlen Specter's desire to chair" the committee, said Brown. And now, she said, Bush "has spoken out in favor of a judge with a pro-abortion track record to lead the Justice Department."

"Why is President Bush betraying the babies? Justice begins with protecting the most vulnerable in our midst. Please, Mr. President - just say no to the unjust views of Alberto Gonzales," Brown concluded.

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