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We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.

 
Supreme Court nominee Harriet E. Miers attends an evangelical Christian Church opposed to abortion. A member of the Valley View Christian Church in Dallas for twenty-five years, Miers was also part of an initiative to overturn the American Bar Association's support of abortion rights in the early 1990s.

According to the L.A. Times, Miers gave $150 to Texans United for Life in 1989 and was a sponsor of their annual dinner that honored Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-Ill.), a leading congressional opponent of abortion. As Molly Ivins reports, Miers was pro-choice when a young woman, but later changed her mind as a result of a Christian experience of some kind.

I'm concerned because it's hard to believe that someone's evangelical beliefs would not color their interpretation of law. I know, I know. Justices are supposed to be able to rise above such things, but in my experience, human nature trumps idealism a good part of the time.

When Miers ran for Dallas City Council in 1989, she fielded questions from the lesbian/gay coalition on the police department's policy of not hiring gays or lesbians. Again according to Ivins, Miers said she did believe one should be able to legally discriminate against gays, and it is the recollection of two of the organization's officers that the response involved her religious beliefs.

As if all that isn't enough, the fact that she's worked closely with President Bush for over a decade should raise alarm bells for pro-choice advocates. Forgive my cynicism, but I cannot imagine W nominating someone to the court without knowing how she stands on critical issues. (He obviously doesn't overly concern himself with credentials.) And abortion is definitely important to this "pro-life" (I prefer anti-choice) president.

The warning signs are there. Not least among them is this snippet from The National Review's David Frum: In [a] White House that hero-worshipped the president, Miers was distinguished by the intensity of her zeal: She once told me that the president was the most brilliant man she had ever met.

And if that doesn't scare you...


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