Pro-abort judicial nominee blocked by U.S. Senate now tapped for California high court
SACRAMENTO, July 28, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A pro-abortion law professor who was considered so radically liberal by U.S. lawmakers that his appeals court nomination was blocked by the U.S. Senate, is now headed for the California Supreme Court.
California governor Jerry Brown has asked University of California law professor Goodwin Liu to join the state court, CNN reports.
Two months ago, the Democrat-led U.S. Senate mounted a rare filibuster to prevent Liu’s appointment to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which also has jurisdiction in California and is considered the country’s most liberal court.
Liu is a legal scholar known for supporting Roe v. Wade and for his antipathy towards conservatism in the courts, including the Supreme Court. In 2005, Liu called the nomination of conservative and pro-life Supreme Court Justice John Roberts a “worrisome prospect,” naming his “unfriendly” attitude towards legalized abortion as a “cause for concern.”
Liu’s nomination by Obama to the federal court received an endorsement from NARAL Pro-Choice America. But even among pro-abortion stalwarts, Liu was too controversial: former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, himself a 100% pro-abortion rated politician, had vetoed Liu based on his liberal views of the judiciary, according to conservative legal analyst and top commentator Ed Whelan.