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Groups Plot Ideological Slugfest Over Kagan

Tim Sloan/Newscom
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden on Monday stand with Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Obama’s pick to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. Interest groups already are lining up for or against Kagan’s 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,” EMILY’s 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 Kagan’s opinions on important constitutional principles and cases, particularly the right to privacy and Roe v. Wade.

President Nancy Northup said the group applauds Kagan’s “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. Kagan’s views on the constitutional protection that should be afforded to women seeking abortions.”

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