Guest (re)post by Sharon Breitweiser, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming:
Talk about a blast from the pastâ€¦ President Bush is at it again, this time in my own backyard. I swear, nothing this administration does surprises me anymore, yet somehow I was still shocked when I heard the latest news.
It turns out that earlier this week, with the blessing of anti-choice Sens. Craig Thomas (R-WY) and Mike Enzi (R-WY), President Bush nominated Rock Springs lawyer Richard Honaker for a federal judgeship in Wyoming.
And, boy, do I know Richard Honakerâ€¦
In my boxes of files from past legislative sessions, elections, and legal battles, I found example after example of Honaker’s blatant anti-choice bias. Yet he seems to consider his anti-choice record to be mere youthful exuberance. The man who once led an effort to outlaw abortion in Wyoming is now trying to downplay his own radical agenda.”As a state legislator,”he now says,”I took positions on a lot of legislative issues and public policy issues, and one of them was on the abortion issue. That was my role at that timeâ€¦But my role as a judge would be far different.”In other words: Don’t worry your pretty little head, I’m going to change my anti-choice ways. Riiiight.
Not surprisingly, the leader of Wyoming Right to Life, Steven Ertelt, is giving Bush a gold medal for the Honaker nomination, as evidenced by this statement:”Because of his pro-life views and past efforts to protect human life, it’s obvious that Richard Honaker joins with attorneys on both side of the abortion debate who understand that Roe v. Wade was an example of unadulterated judicial activism and that the role of the courts to is interpret the law — not make it up as you go.”
So, Richard Honaker receives kudos from two extreme anti-choice senators and a radical anti-choice group, and there are countless documents exposing his leadership in efforts to outlaw abortion. Nope â€“ no anti-choice bias here!
Originally posted here at Bush v. Choice.