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'''Coalition Letter on the'''
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<br>'''Pledge for a Pro-Life Nomination for'''
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<br>'''Justice Scalia’s Seat on the U.S. Supreme Court'''
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Donald J. Trump
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<br>President-Elect of the United States
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Dear President-Elect Trump,
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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%.
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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.
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Justice Scalia never ducked the abortion issue, and always sided with the pro-life position.  His replacement should be nothing less. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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'''Outstanding Candidates'''
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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.
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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.
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'''Conclusion'''
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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.
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Sincerely,
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Andrew Schlafly, Esq.
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<br>Legal Center for Defense of Life (Far Hills, NJ, ph: 908-719-8608, email: aschlafly@aol.com)
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Michael J.A. Robb, M.D.
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<br>Association of American Physicians & Surgeons
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Janet Porter
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<br>Faith2Action
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Michelle A. Cretella, M.D., FCP
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<br>American College of Pediatricians
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Bobby Schindler
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<br>Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network
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Brian Westbrook
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<br>Coalition for Life St. Louis
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Ambassador Faith Whittlesey
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<br>Assistant to the President for Public Liaison, Reagan Administration
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<br>Member of the Donald Trump White House Advisory Committee/Team
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Jared Woodfill, Esq.
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<br>Conservative Republicans of Texas
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Bradley Mattes
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<br>Life Issues Institute
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Jennifer Powell, M.D.
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<br>Missouri Chapter, Association of American Physicians & Surgeons
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Luke Bauman
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<br>Human Life Alliance
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David McKalip, M.D.
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<br>Florida Chapter, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
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Jim Backlin
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<br>Vice President, Legislative Affairs
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<br>Christian Coalition of America
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Ed Martin, Esq.
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<br>Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund
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<br>Republican National Coalition for Life
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Robert Hurley, M.D.
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<br>President Emeritus, Credo of the Catholic Laity
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Tammy Kobza
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<br>Iowa Eagle Forum
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Jayne Schindler
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<br>Colorado Eagle Forum
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Joseph Stanton, Esq.
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<br>Pro-Life Lawyer’s Guild of South East Pennsylvania
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Sandi Ruggles
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<br>Eagle Forum Wisconsin
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C.E.Pfeifer
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<br>Fran Bevan
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<br>Eagle Forum of Pennsylvania
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Cherilyn Eagar
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<br>Phyllis Schlafly Eagles of Utah
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Ann Marie Bowen
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<br>Nebraskans United for Life
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Eric Olsen
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<br>Montana Eagle Forum
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<br>Montana Shrugged Group
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Troy Newman
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<br>Operation Rescue
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Mary Lou Gartner
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<br>People Concerned for the Unborn Child (Pittsburgh)
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Nick Adams
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<br>The Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness
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Jerri Ward, Esq.
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<br>Phyllis Schlafly Eagles of Texas
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John Eidsmoe, Lt. Colonel, USAF(Ret.)
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<br>Professor of Constitutional Law, Oak Brook College of Law & Government Policy
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David Usher
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<br>Cynthia Davis
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<br>Center for Marriage Policy
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Cathy Gilmore
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<br>Virtue Inc./VIRTUE WORKS MEDIA
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Frank D. Tinari, Ph.D.
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<br>Editor, ProLife News Briefs
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<br>Mayor Emeritus, Florham Park Borough, NJ
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<br>Professor Emeritus, Seton Hall University
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Jean M. Heise
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<br>President Emeritus
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<br>The Haven Network (a perinatal hospice in N. ILL)
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Larry Cirignano
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<br>Vice President, Legislative Affairs
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<br>Children First Foundation
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Zip Rzeppa
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<br>Founder, Executive Director
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<br>Mater Media
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Christopher A. Ferrara, J.D.
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<br>President and Chief Counsel
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<br>American Catholic Lawyers Association
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Daniel Rabourdin
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<br>Founder & Producer
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<br>For you Joan, LLC
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Mindy Patterson
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<br>Calvary Group
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Paul Hagan
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<br>President
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<br>Custos Veritas
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Dennis Howard
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<br>Movement for a Better America, Inc.
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Stephen Perkowski
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<br>Morris County Right To Life (NJ)
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Eleanor Finneran
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<br>Founder and President
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<br>Marian Centre of St. Louis
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Joan Fasanello
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<br>Life Choices, Inc.
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Rev. Paul T. Stallsworth
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<br>Cindy Evans
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<br>Lifewatch/TUMAS
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<br>Taskforce of United Methodists on Abortion & Sexuality
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Ralph A. Capone, M.D., FACP
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<br>Saint Gianna Sodality for the Sanctity of Human Life
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Sean T. Flanagan
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<br>Legatus, Domestic Church Media
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<br>Good Counsel Homes
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Tricia Erickson
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<br>Angel Pictures & Publicity, Inc., a Publicity & Crisis Communications Company 
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<br>Jim O’Laughlin
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<br>Catholic Radio Network
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Steve Koob
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<br>One More Soul
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Zina Hackworth
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<br>This Race Will Self-Destruct
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Lu Cortese
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<br>St. Joseph Radio
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Lou Holtmann
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<br>John Struckhoff
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<br>Faith Based Voters
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Frieda Keough
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<br>Judy Sofka
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<br>Missouri Precinct Project
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Aaron D. Wolf
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<br>The Rockford Institute
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Connie Eller
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<br>Missouri Blacks for Life
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Donald Thomson
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<br>Westmoreland County (PA) Conservative Coalition
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Marlene Wohleber
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<br>People Concerned for the Unborn Child, Pittsburgh
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<br>LIFEPAC SW Pennsylvania Pro-Life Political Action Committee
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Gregory Quinlan
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<br>Center For Garden State Families
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Ted Meehan
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<br>Executive Director
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<br>Pennsylvania Catholics Network
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<br>Legislative Director
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<br>Pennsylvania Pro-Life Coalition
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Kyleen Wright
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<br>Texans for Life Coalition
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Mary Maschmeier
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<br>Defenders of the Unborn
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Terry Lowry
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<br>What’s UP Radio Program – Texas
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Dran Reese
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<br>President, The Salt and Light Council
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Jeff Salvino
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<br>The Daily Salvo
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Jeff Steigerwalt
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<br>Pennsylvania Delegate to Republican National Convention
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'''Appendix'''
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Although included in the list of 21, the following six candidates lack any pro-life record and have even shown an unwillingness to take a pro-life position publicly:
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1. Judge Diane Sykes ruled against a pro-life Indiana law and required taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.  As a state court judge, she sentenced two veteran abortion protesters to 60 days in jail.
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2. Judge Steven Colloton wrote or joined multiple pro-abortion opinions: one to eviscerate a pro-life South Dakota law, another to side with a fellow pro-abort judge against a pro-life Nebraska law, and a third to side with a pro-abort judge to come down hard on a pro-life internet activist.
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3. Justice Joan L. Larsen has no experience as a federal judge and only recently became a state court judge.  Before that she was a law professor who repeatedly mentioned Roe v. Wade without criticizing it.  She clerked for Justice Scalia but many of his clerks were not pro-life.  She is similar to David Souter in her weakness in writing ability, which makes her susceptible to influence by the liberal media.
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4. Neil Gorsuch wrote about abortion using the terminology of the pro-abortion side, without ever referring to the “unborn child.”  As a federal judge he has avoided mentioning abortion but has favorably cited the pro-abortion Harry Blackmun decision that gave abortionists legal standing to challenge pro-life laws.  Also, while religious beliefs are not a test for public office, Gorsuch’s Episcopalian church has publicly declared its “unequivocal opposition” to pro-life laws and he has said nothing publicly pro-life.
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5. Judge Raymond Kethledge joined a decision that favorably cited a precedent censoring a pro-life advertisement, and held against allowing a Christian advertisement too.
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6. Justice Allison Eid has been unwilling to speak out on pro-life side.  She tersely dissented from a denial of cert. before the Colorado Supreme Court in a challenge to an injunction against abortion protesters, initially on only the limited grounds of the length of the injunction and then later only on free speech grounds.
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