A Handful of Anti-Abortion Demonstrators Protest Kagan

Posted May 13, 2010 at 10:17am

Five anti-abortion protesters stood outside Dirksen Senate Office Building on Thursday morning urging a Republican filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and claiming, “She never saw a dead baby she didn’t like.”

“If you work for a Republican Senator, ask him to grow a backbone,” Randall Terry said into a bullhorn. “I’ll offer my own backbone as a backbone transplant.”

Terry is the founder of Operation Rescue, but he has since cut ties from the group and has been denounced by them, most recently for applauding the slaying of George Tiller, the Wichita, Kan., doctor who was killed a year ago for performing late-term abortions.

Terry now protests with a group called Insurrecta Nex and attended similar protests of now-Justice Sonia Sotomayor during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

The group held signs reading “Filibuster Kagan” and a large poster of an aborted baby. A woman wrapped herself in a chain with a baby doll attached to each end and writhed in mock agony, yelling, “Oh, how can I be free of these children?”

“The 14th Amendment is so you can be free from the oppressive little tyrants in your uterus,” Terry answered in simulated dialogue. “You may have thought the 14th Amendment was to free the black slaves, but it’s really for killing babies.”

The comments derive from an answer Kagan gave during hearings to confirm her as solicitor general last year.

“Under prevailing law, the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment protects a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy, subject to various permissible forms of state regulation,” she said. “As solicitor general, I would owe respect to this law.”

Supreme Court experts have said, though, that it is not clear what her personal opinion is on abortion or whether she would rule to uphold Roe v. Wade.