BOB ESCHLIMAN, Charisma News
Confirmation hearings for 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch are scheduled to begin Monday, but already one pro-life group is trying to apply pressure to senators to ensure they vote to confirm his nomination.
Americans United for Life’s legal team delivered a letter from AUL’s Acting President Clarke Forsythe in support of the nomination to each senator’s office. In the letter, Forsythe writes:
I write to you today as Acting President and Senior Counsel for Americans United for Life (AUL), whose legal team has been involved in every abortion-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade, including our successful defense of the Hyde Amendment in Harris v. McRae (1980). Because of our long history of constitutional legal expertise, we have been asked to testify on Supreme Court nominations before the Senate Judiciary Committee on multiple occasions. In a similar fashion, we now express our support for the confirmation of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Throughout his decade of service on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Judge Gorsuch has demonstrated a commitment to constitutional originalism, the separation of governmental powers, and principles of judicial restraint.
Judge Gorsuch’s commitment to constitutional originalism is made clear in his many writings, and was well-established during the 2006 Senate confirmation hearing that led to his unanimous confirmation to the Tenth Circuit At that time, Judge Gorsuch explained his views to Senate Judiciary Committee, stating, “[j]udges must allow the elected branches of government to flourish and citizens, through their elected representatives, to make laws appropriate to the facts and circumstances of the day. Judges must avoid the temptation to usurp the roles of the legislative and executive branches and must appreciate the advantages these democratic institutions have in crafting and adapting social policy as well as their special authority derived from the consent and mandate of the people, to do so.”