WWW Opinion Times

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Reid and Durbin Lead Pro-Choice Democrat Caucus

Harry Reid, D-NV, has been chosen a leader of the Senate Democrats. His impact on judges to the Supreme Court may be negative. I am changing my earlier prediction that it was possible Reid could be helpful to pro-life judges. According to LifeNews.com, Reid has been shoring up his support with NARAL and other pro-abortion groups.

"On Tuesday, Senate Democrats chose Nevada Senator Harry Reid to replace pro-abortion Sen. Tom Daschle as their new Minority Leader. They also selected pro-abortion Illinois Senator Dick Durbin to move into Reid's vacated number two slot.

Reid has a mixed voting record on abortion issues, compiling a 55 percent pro-life voting record during the last session of Congress.

However, in addition to voting for every filibuster of Bush's judges, the Nevadan has often attempted to gut pro-life legislation by voting for competing measures that would render the bills useless.

Reid also met earlier this month with representatives of NARAL and Kate Michelman, the group's former president, to shore up his standing with the key pro-abortion group.

'Although casting some pro-life votes, Senator Reid is no ally of the pro-life movement,' Douglas Johnson, legislative director for National Right to Life, told LifeNews.com."

Read more at LifeNews.com.