The Associated Press is reporting that in 1989 she pledged support "for a constitutional amendment banning abortions except when necessary to save the life of the mother, according to material given to the Senate on Tuesday."
Note that the pledge does not include the health of the mother, just the life. It does not include cases of rape or incest. Just the life of the mother.
This is in no way the position of a 'strict constructionist.' Rather it is the view of a right-wing extremist who would impose her or his personal views on the nation. Remember, she said she would use her influence ...
"If Congress passes a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution that would prohibit abortion except when it was necessary to prevent the death of the mother, would you actively support its ratification by the Texas Legislature," asked an April 1989 questionnaire sent out by the Texans United for Life group.
Miers checked "yes" to that question, and all of the group's questions, including whether she would oppose the use of public moneys for abortions and whether she would use her influence to keep "pro-abortion" people off city health boards and commissions.
I have heretofore avoided taking a position on this nomination. She made me uncomfortable. Bush's reasons were crap. She is clearly inclined to support corporations at the expense of actual human beings. But now I am convinced that she must be stopped. She is one of those extraordinary circumstances that the Senate "compromise" on the nomination of judges was about when it said "Future Nominations. Signatories will exercise their responsibilities under the advice and consent clause of the United States Constitution in good faith. Nominees should only be filibustered under extraordinary circumstances, and each signatory must use his or her own discretion and judgment in determining whether such circumstances exist."
Harriet Miers is a radical, an extremist. She does not believe in the Constitution. She does not believe in the rights of citizens. And she does not belong on the Court.