Pro-lifers not thrilled with Gonzales choice
Bush's pick for attorney general upheld abortion on Texas court

Posted: November 10, 2004
5:00 p.m. Eastern

© 2004

Pro-life activists are criticizing President Bush's choice of Alberto Gonzales to replace John Ashcroft as attorney general, worrying the White House counsel will not aggressively uphold the administration's anti-abortion stance.

Gonzales is a former member of the Texas Supreme Court, where he voted to allow a teenager to get an abortion without notifying her parents, circumventing the notification law in that state. At the time he criticized the position taken by his colleague on the court, Priscilla Owen, who voted against allowing the abortion. Gonzales said dissenting from his majority opinion "would be an unconscionable act of judicial activism."

His comments later were used by Democrats in the U.S. Senate who blocked Owen's confirmation to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Chuck Baldwin, a pastor and columnist, slammed Gonzales, citing the Texas case and stating, "Gonzales is anything but pro-life" ....











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