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Supreme Court Nominee Update

By: AP
By: AP

Documents given to the Senate today show that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers once backed a constitutional amendment banning most abortions.

The exception would be if the abortion is needed to save the life of the mother.

The issue came up in 1989 when the group Texas United for Life sent her a questionnaire asking if she'd "actively support" such an amendment if it came before the state legislature. She checked "yes."

Documents given the Senate show she also checked "yes" on whether she'd oppose the use of public money for abortions. And she said she'd try to keep people off city health boards and commissions if they were, as the questionnaire put it, "pro-abortion."

The revelation came after Miers insisted she hasn't told anyone her views on the Supreme Court's Roe-v-Wade ruling. The remark came in a conversation with New York Senator Charles Schumer.


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