Koop stands against Kagan

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Koop stands against Kagan
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Mon, 07-19-2010 - 9:18am

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop is urging a no vote on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan


In the letter, Koop accuses Kagan of lobbying successfully to change the language of a 1997 statement by American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists on a controversial procedure that critics call "partial-birth abortion."


http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2010/07/everett-koop-urges-senators-to-block-kagan/1


Do you think his letter will hold any weight in the proceedings? If not a former Surgeon General, who should make an inpact on appointing a judge?


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Registered: 06-24-2009
Wed, 07-21-2010 - 9:10am

If

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Registered: 06-24-2009
Wed, 07-21-2010 - 1:42pm

Media Matters debunks what Koop is claiming:

http://mediamatters.org/research/201007200007#3

REALITY: Kagan did not ask ACOG to change its medical findings, and ACOG did not do so; furthermore, Kagan's testimony that ACOG told her that the procedure was "sometimes the best" is supported by the evidence. ACOG's final statement on the "partial-birth abortion" bill does not conflict with its draft statement on the issue. Indeed, in its initial statement, ACOG had opposed the bill, saying that it might outlaw techniques "that are critical to the lives and health of American women."

In addition, according to sworn testimony by a member of the ACOG task force that studied "partial birth abortion," the task force itself determined that there were some situations in which an intact D&X would be "clearly the best choice" to preserve the health of a pregnant woman. Documents in Kagan's White House files back up this testimony. Furthermore, there is no evidence that Kagan attempted to change ACOG's finding that there were no circumstances in which intact D&X "would be the only option to save the life or preserve the health of the woman." Indeed, Kagan informed Clinton of ACOG's finding to that effect.

Additionally, Kagan advocated for a compromise position on the abortion bill, advising Clinton to support a bill that would ban late-term abortions regardless of the procedure with a narrowly drawn health exception.

FACT: ACOG's final statement on the "partial-birth abortion" bill does not conflict with its draft statement. The draft ACOG statement and the final statement both oppose the "partial-birth abortion" bill. Both versions say that "a select panel convened by ACOG could identify no circumstances under which this procedure as defined above, would be the only option to save the life or preserve the health of the mother." Both statements also say that: "The potential exists that legislation prohibiting specific medical practices, such as intact D&X may outlaw techniques that are critical to the lives and health of American women." The final statement fleshed out this latter point, by saying that intact D&X "may be the best or most appropriate procedure in a particular circumstance to save the life or preserve the health of a woman."