October 26, 2005
Harriet Miers’ Speech Referencing Abortion
In 1993, Harriet Miers gave a speech to the Executive Women of Dallas. The Washington Post reported this morning that she referenced abortion.
Here’s the relevant passage:
The ongoing debate continues surrounding the attempt to once again criminalize abortions or to once and for all guarantee the freedom of the individual women’s right to decide for herself whether she will have an abortion.
Read for yourself the whole speech.
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Meanwhile, take a second to VOTE in the Reasoned Audacity Miers poll on the left sidebar. . .
And here’s the longer question I’m interested in. Drop me a note in the comments: does this speech Miers gave influence your opinion?
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UPDATE: How explosive was this speech? The big news of the day was the Ed Whelan piece on NRO in which he called for Miers’ withdrawal after holding a neutral stance. This was followed late in the day by a press release from Concerned Women for America, joining the Withdraw Miers coalition.
And now, an interesting development at Powerline. Earlier today, Paul Mirengoff responded to Ed by saying (loosely quoting here), “Hey, the speech is 12 years old, give the lady a break.” He has now updated that post, after reading the speech carefully, and he, too, is calling for Miers to withdraw.
I’ve also been curious to see how Hugh Hewitt would respond. The speech is “a mess” he concedes, while still maintaining that “under no circumstances” should Miers resign.
Read the speech.