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House Proceeding 05-14-09 on May 14th, 2009 :: 2:11:15 to 2:19:45
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Jean Schmidt

2:10:58 to 2:11:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: offices within the department. such requests typically deed -- deal with legal issues of particularly difficult complexity and importance or about which two or more agencies are in disadwreement. the office is also responsible for providing legal advice to the executive branch on all constitutional questions and

Jean Schmidt

2:11:15 to 2:19:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jean Schmidt

Jean Schmidt

2:11:19 to 2:11:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: reviewing pending legislation for constitutionality. all executive orders and proclamations proposed to be issued by the president ar reviewed by the office of legal counsel for form and legality as are other matters that require the president's formal

Jean Schmidt

2:11:41 to 2:12:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: approval. severing in effect as outside counsel, the office of legal counsel also functions as the general counsel to the department itself. congressman king, u are absolutely right that this individual will have the ear of the president. because this position provides

Jean Schmidt

2:12:02 to 2:12:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: authoritative legal advice to the president and all executive branch agencies. the a.g. for the o.l.c. is quite influential when evaluating existing laws and determing evaluation of legislative proposals. it's not a position for which an ideologue w

Jean Schmidt

2:12:24 to 2:12:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: suited. i want to go to that. this of all the nominations that have come to our attention so far has really disturbed me the most. it's disturbed me because as most people know, one of the things and the hrt strings i have is my position on life.

Jean Schmidt

2:12:46 to 2:13:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: i believe that we cannot question when life begins or when it should end. we have to understand that life has value from conception to natural death. only if we want to wage war against poverty, only when we want to make sure that each and every person in the world has

Jean Schmidt

2:13:08 to 2:13:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: the opportunity to be the best person they can be, only when we give people the freedom to be what they want to be can this happen if we understand that that freedom begins at conception. and that freedom must continue through its natural conclusion. but this individual holds a

Jean Schmidt

2:13:30 to 2:13:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: much different view on those positions and so, i really want to talk just a few moments about what i call life according to don johnson. i want to talk about some things that have been said by this individual. pregnancy is equivalent to slavery.

Jean Schmidt

2:13:51 to 2:14:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: quote, statutes that curtail her abortion choice are disturbingly suggestive of involuntary servitude prohibited by the 13th amendment in that forced pregnancy requires a woman to provide continuous physical service to the fetus in order to further the state's asserted interest.

Jean Schmidt

2:14:15 to 2:14:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: don johnson, supreme court amicus brief she authored in webster versus reproductive health service. i have to be silent for a minute so you can digest the coldness of that statement. protecting life makes women into no more than fetal containers.

Jean Schmidt

2:14:37 to 2:15:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: that's another one of her beliefs. quote, the woman is constantly aware for nine months that her body is not wholly her own. the state has conscripted her body for its own ends. thus abortion restrictions reduce pregnant women to no more than fetal containers.

Jean Schmidt

2:15:01 to 2:15:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: dawn johnson, supreme court amicus brief she authored in webster vs. reproductive health services. i don't even know how to respond to that as a mother. yeah, as soon as i felt life i understood that i had a partner i was going to carry for the next nine months.

Jean Schmidt

2:15:22 to 2:15:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: and that experience only enabled me to begin the love that i had for my daughter and now that i see for her wonderful son. yeah, pregnancy changes us, because it gives us life. abortion brings relief is another one of her statements.

Jean Schmidt

2:15:43 to 2:16:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: the experience is no loer traumatic. the response of most women to the experience is relief. dawn johnson, supreme court amicus brief she offered in -- authored in webster vs. reproductive health services. i've talked to women who have had abortions and they have a much different view. those that become pregnant are losers.

Jean Schmidt

2:16:07 to 2:16:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: this one really stings me. she says the argument that women who become pregnant have in some sense consented to the pregnancy belies reality and others who are the inevitable losers of the cons rah septemberive lottery no more -- contraceptive lottery no more

Jean Schmidt

2:16:28 to 2:16:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: consent to pregnancy than pedestrians consent to being struck by drunk drivers, dawn johnson, in an amicus brief the she authored for webster vs. reproductive services. i don't see pregnant women as

Jean Schmidt

2:16:49 to 2:17:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: losers, i see their worth being a life inside of them because that life will carry on and continue for generations to come. another one, there is no need to reduce the number of abortions. progressives must not portrayal trey all abortions as tragedies. senator clinton, in a speech

Jean Schmidt

2:17:11 to 2:17:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: setting forth a pro-prevention, pro-family agenda, took the aspiration in the wrong direction when she called for policy changes so that abortion does not ever have to be exercised or only in very rare circumstances. dawn johnson in the constitution in 2020. these are her statements.

Jean Schmidt

2:17:32 to 2:17:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: i'm not making these up. these are her statements, madam speaker. pro-life supporters are coarable to the ku klux klan. that's another one of her statements. and she says, the terrorist behavior of petitioners is

Jean Schmidt

2:17:54 to 2:18:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: remarkably similar to the violence and intimidation carried out by the ku klux klan, dawn johnson, supreme court amicus brief in brey vs. alexandria women's health clinic. i can't believe she would say these things, but, again, these are her words, not mine.

Jean Schmidt

2:18:17 to 2:18:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: some of her positions encompass questionable legal arguments, including the asorgs that abortion bans might undermine the 13th amendment which banned slavery. this is a woman who was so entrenched with naral and the aclu's reproductive freedom project, she's compared

Jean Schmidt

2:18:40 to 2:19:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: pregnancy to involuntary servitude, described pregnant women as losers in the contraceptive lottery and criticized senator clinton for claiming to keep abortions, traumatic experiences, rare. this is a woman who doesn't have the same view of life that

Jean Schmidt

2:19:02 to 2:19:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: most americans have. this is a sensitive issue, but most americans understand that life is sacred and must be protected and i believe that most americans want someone who is the legal counsel of the president to not have such

Jean Schmidt

2:19:23 to 2:19:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: polarizing views. i believe that they want someone that will step back and evaluate decisions based on their constitutionality, their legality, and not put forth their own agenda. this is a person who at every

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