President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden on Monday stand with Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Obamas pick to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. Interest groups already are lining up for or against Kagans confirmation to the high court.
With Elena Kagan, President Obama has selected a strong, independent and intelligent woman for the bench. Her experience and background as Solicitor General and Dean of Harvard Law School will add balance to the court, EMILYs List President Stephanie Schriock said in a statement. If confirmed by the Senate, Elena Kagan would serve as the fourth woman ever to sit on the court, and the Supreme Court would have a record three women on the bench. With her nomination the court is one step closer to reflecting the diversity that makes our country so great.
The Center for Reproductive Rights said it wants to learn more about Kagans opinions on important constitutional principles and cases, particularly the right to privacy and Roe v. Wade.
President Nancy Northup said the group applauds Kagans ground-breaking career history as the first female dean of Harvard Law School and first woman to serve as solicitor general.
However, her public record reveals very little about her judicial philosophy or her views on the constitutional protections in Roe, Northrup added in a press statement. The last Supreme Court decision on abortion was 5 to 4 and further diluted constitutional protections for abortion. As such, it is absolutely critical that the Senate Judiciary Committee conduct a rigorous confirmation process and thoroughly explore Ms. Kagans views on the constitutional protection that should be afforded to women seeking abortions.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.