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Ed Martin
 
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Donna J. Harrison M.D.   
 
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<br>American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists
 
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Michelle A. Cretella, M.D., FCP
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Bobby Schindler
 
Bobby Schindler
 
<br>Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network
 
<br>Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network
  
Bradley Mattes, President
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Brian Westbrook
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Bradley Mattes
 
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Faith Whittlesey
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Ambassador Faith Whittlesey
 
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Robert Hurley, M.D.
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C. Preston Noell III
 
<br>Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
 
  
 
Mary Lou Gartner
 
Mary Lou Gartner
 
<br>People Concerned for the Unborn Child (Pittsburgh)
 
<br>People Concerned for the Unborn Child (Pittsburgh)
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Molly McCann
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<br>Missouri Roundtable for Life
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David Usher
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<br>Center for Marriage Policy
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Cathy Gilmore
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Jim Backlin
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Ed Martin
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<br>Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund
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Revision as of 15:46, 4 December 2016

Coalition Letter on the
Pledge for a Pro-Life Nomination for
Justice Scalia’s Seat on the U.S. Supreme Court


Donald Trump
President-Elect of the United States

Dear President-Elect Trump,

The undersigned urge you to fulfill your pledge to the American people concerning the U.S. Supreme Court by nominating only those who have a proven pro-life record. Exit polls in the election showed that 21% of voters felt that this issue of the Supreme Court was “the most important factor” in determining for whom they voted. Among that group of voters, you defeated your opponent by a landslide of 15%, 56-41%.

As you stated during the campaign and in your 60 Minutes interview after your election, you are pro-life and you pledged to nominate justices to the Supreme Court who are pro-life. In addition, Phyllis Schlafly and other conservatives endorsed you in reliance on your public pledge to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia with someone as close to his views as possible.

Justice Scalia never ducked the abortion issue, and always sided with the pro-life position. His replacement should be nothing less.

You indicated that you will make your nomination from a list of 21 candidates that was provided to you by others. Unfortunately, the list omits any women who have a pro-life record, and includes a total of only four women out of 21. This was probably an oversight, because many well-qualified women with pro-life records are available for nomination, and they should be considered for this important position. For example, Judge Jennifer Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has credentials equal to or better than those on the list, and she would be an outstanding nominee for Justice Scalia’s seat.

Attempts to nominate a “stealth” candidate lacking in a record on abortion was the failed approach of the past, and would be inconsistent with the transparency of your incoming Administration. Despite that, at least a half-dozen of the candidates on the list lack a pro-life record. We urge you not to consider these candidates lacking a pro-life record for the position of Justice Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court. Several of these judges on the list have even written or spoken in ways that are at odds with the pro-life position.

Candidates who lack a pro-life record include, for example, Judges Diane Sykes, Steven Colloton, Raymond Kethledge, and Neil Gorsuch, and Justices Allison Eid and Joan Larsen. In addition, each of these judges has either ruled against the pro-life position or has otherwise shown an unwillingness to be publicly pro-life. (See Appendix for details.) That disqualifies them from filling Justice Scalia’s seat, particularly in light of how better candidates are available to be nominated.

Outstanding Candidates

In addition to Judge Elrod as recommended above, her elder colleague Judge Edith Jones would also be a stellar choice. She is likewise a female jurist who has qualifications superior to most on the current list, and yet was inexplicably omitted.

There are several outstanding candidates who have pro-life records that would fulfill your pledge. For example, Justice Charles Canady of the Florida Supreme Court, who is on your current list, would be a fabulous nominee. Judges Elrod and Jones, and Justice Canady, are all experienced judges who have been transparent about their views and have an unblemished record on the bench. Any of these would be a tremendous addition to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Conclusion

Justice Antonin Scalia is, in many ways, impossible to replace. But several well-qualified candidates having a pro-life record are available for selection, as explained above, and the undersigned urge your nomination of one of them to fulfill your pledge of replacing Justice Scalia with someone like him. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Andy Schlafly
Legal Center for Defense of Life

Donna J. Harrison M.D.
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Michelle A. Cretella, M.D., FCP
American College of Pediatricians

Bobby Schindler
Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network

Brian Westbrook
Coalition for Life St. Louis

Bradley Mattes
Life Issues Institute

Ambassador Faith Whittlesey
Assistant to the President for Public Liaison, Reagan Administration
Member of the Donald Trump White House Advisory Committee/Team

Robert Hurley, M.D.
President Emeritus, Credo of the Catholic Laity

Tammy Kobza
Iowa Eagle Forum

Joseph Stanton
Pro-Life Lawyer’s Guild of South East Pennsylvania

Sandi Ruggles
Eagle Forum Wisconsin

C.E.Pfeifer
Fran Bevan
Eagle Forum of Pennsylvania

John Eidsmoe, Lt. Colonel, USAF(Ret.)
Senior Counsel, Foundation for Moral Law

Eric Olsen
Montana Eagle Forum
Montana Shrugged Group.

Troy Newman
Operation Rescue

Jared Woodfill
President, Conservative Republicans of Texas

Mary Lou Gartner
People Concerned for the Unborn Child (Pittsburgh)

Molly McCann
Missouri Roundtable for Life

David Usher
Cynthia Davis
Center for Marriage Policy

Cathy Gilmore
Virtue Inc./VIRTUE WORKS MEDIA

Jim Backlin
Vice President, Legislative Affairs
Christian Coalition of America

Ed Martin
Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund
Republican National Coalition for Life  

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