Last week, we blogged about Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to head the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice and how anti-choice activists were trying to stall the committee vote that would send her nomination to be voted upon by the full Senate. We’re happy to report that the Senate Judiciary Committee approved her nomination by 12-11 (Senator Specter abstained from the committee vote). Now, her confirmation will be voted upon by the entire Senate, although that vote hasn’t been scheduled yet. It’s critical that your senators know that you support President Obama’s nomination of a vocal pro-choice advocate to head this office, so please contact them today.
Additionally, Elena Kagan was confirmed last week as the U.S. Solicitor General, making her the first woman in that position. Ms. Kagan previously served as the dean of Harvard Law School and, in her role as solicitor general, will represent the federal government before the U.S. Supreme Court.