February 6, 2001
volume 12, no. 37

Pro-Abortion Groups Will Continue to Target Ashcroft

    Washington, DC (Reuters from ProLifeInfo.org) - Pro-abortion groups put pro-life Attorney General John Ashcroft on notice on Friday that they would scrutinize his every move as the United States' top law enforcer and increase their lobbying efforts on behalf of their cause.

    Ashcroft's acrimonious nomination hearings and his Senate confirmation by a bipartisan 58-42 vote on Thursday, mobilized pro-abortion activists in a way not seen at least since President George W. Bush's father was in the White House more than eight years ago. While they failed to stop Ashcroft's confirmation, pro-abortion activists were galvanized by the broad support they received in their campaign against the former Republican senator from Missouri who opposes abortion.

    "We will hold his feet to the fire. He promised to enforce the law, but a promise is very empty unless it is kept. We will watch his every move and we have put him on notice that we will do so," Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt said.

    Like several other organizations, Planned Parenthood has adjusted its budget to cover expensive lobbying to target both the new head of the Justice Department and Bush's pro-life stand.

    "We must place more resources into educating and mobilizing the majority of Americans who do support the fundamental rights of women to make our own childbearing choices," Feldt said.

    Pro-abortion campaigners felt confident with former President Bill Clinton that pro-life bills would be vetoed when they reached his desk, but that is not the case now.

    Bush, in contrast, chose his first day in office to issue an executive order barring federal funds to international groups that promote or perform abortions with U.S. taxpayer money.

    The pro-abortion National Organization for Women (NOW) said it would continue to mobilize the grass-roots support that made Ashcroft's confirmation the most contested for attorney general in decades. Of the 58 senators backing him, 50 were Republicans and eight were Democrats.

    "He was the most contested attorney general ever and that didn't happen by accident," said NOW Vice President Loretta Kane. "We are going to make sure that Ashcroft lives up to his word. If he doesn't, we will call him on it as well as President Bush. We will be members of the truth squad."

February 6, 2001
volume 12, no. 37
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