Abortion Smear: “Abortion Smear

Friday, August 12, 2005; Page A18

IN GENERAL, discussion of the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to the Supreme Court has taken place on a civilized level. Democratic senators, by and large, have appropriately reserved judgment; disputes over documents, while pointed, have been polite. The ad released this week by NARAL Pro-Choice America is a distressing exception. Seizing on his role in a 1993 Supreme Court decision as a lawyer for the government, it graphically — and wholly unfairly — seeks to tar Judge Roberts with being an apologist for abortion clinic bombings.

In releasing the ad, Nancy Keenan, NARAL’s president, said in a statement that she wanted ‘to be very clear that we are not suggesting Mr. Roberts condones or supports clinic violence.’ That’s funny, because the ad does precisely that.”