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Kagan Hearings Day Three: Coburn's Freedom Train, Abortion and Military Recruitment

Written by Amie Newman for - News, commentary and community for reproductive health and justice.

The third day of the Kagan hearings included questioning on everything from the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to education spending to abortion. But the Republicans stuck with one issue in particular: the fact that Harvard Law School abided by its own anti-discrimination policy to ensure that any potential employer recruiting at the law school did not discriminate on the basis of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or race. The specifics in question had to do with Kagan, who was the Dean of Harvard Law School at the time, deciding to protect the rights of LGBT students to not be discriminated against by the United States military through the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. Kagan reminded senators and representatives that, in fact, the U.S. military was wholly able to recruit - even at Harvard Law School - just not through the law school's Office of Career Services.

Still, Senator Graham (R-SC) had a bizarre analogy for Kagan, asking her, "If the Catholic Church wanted to recruit from the law school would you prevent them because they don’t have female priests?"

Though the committee seemed not to be able to let this line of questioning go, both Democrats and Republicans calling into the C-span phone lines expressed annoyance with the committee's insistence on pursuing. Kagan, however, announced, "The anti-discrimination policy regarding military recruitment at Harvard Law School was meant to support LGBT students."

Women's health and rights popped up, of course, and Republicans wasted no time in getting to the heart of the matter by bringing up the (still, after all the years we're using this meaningless, politically charged term!) partial-birth abortion ban and it's related Supreme Court case which upheld the law, Gonzalez v. Carhart. Read more

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