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Dawn Johnsen

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, the President's nominee to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel is truly from the radical fringe, which is why her confirmation is running into so much trouble in the Senate.

That person is Dawn Johnsen, a former attorney for one of the Nation's largest and most radical abortion groups. Ms. Johnsen's own quotes speak for her radical views. She equated pregnancy to slavery. She said that laws restricting a woman's ``abortion choice are disturbingly suggestive of involuntary servitude.'' She's likened pregnant mothers to ``no more than fetal containers.'' And she claims that abortion is ``a relief'' rather than the traumatic experience it truly is for women.

Her appointment is a slap in the face to fair-minded Americans. And now Senator Reid has indicated he does not have the votes to bring her nomination to the Senate floor. The President should take a cue from the Senate and withdraw this mistaken nomination, a nomination that runs counter to the values of the American people.

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