Pro-Lifers Stall Nomination of Radical Pro-Abortion Dawn Johnsen

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Writer

In a rare but temporary victory for the pro-life movement, the radical pro-abortion Dawn Johnsen, the president’s pick to head the Office of Legal Counsel, is heading back to teaching at Indiana University after her nomination has been indefinitely delayed.

According to, Johnsen will teach a seminar this fall and will commute weekly from Washington to Bloomington, Indiana while she awaits confirmation.

Johnsen, who served as the Legal Director for NARAL from 1988 to 1993, came under fire for her outrageous statements calling women “fetal containers” and comparing pregnancy with slavery. As a result, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said she did not have enough votes to be confirmed or to stop a filibuster of her nomination.

As a result, she is returning to her teaching position at the Indiana University School of Law where she will teach a course on sexuality and the law. According to the course description, students will “explore governmental regulation of sexuality and reproduction in the United States. We will focus on regulation aimed at sexual activity, reproduction and sexual orientation, with particular attention to the constitutional protections afforded in those areas.”

Prior to her working for NARAL, Johnsen served under President Bill Clinton as the Acting Assistant Attorney General heading the Office of Legal Counsel from 1997-1998 and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General from 1993-1996.

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