Belief that curtailing abortion rights is tantamount to slavery is 'mainstream,' says New York Times 

There were many, many problems with Dawn Johnsen's nomination to be Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice. While I understand the liberal New York Times' editorial board's desire to defend Johnsen, that doesn't excuse this breathtaking bit of dishonesty from today's editorial lamenting Johnsen's withdrawn nomination for the DOJ post:

Her critics also complained that, early in her career, she worked for an abortion-rights advocacy group, though her views in that sphere are well within the mainstream.

Her views on abortion were "mainstream"? Come Again? Here's Dawn Johnsen on abortion:

“Statutes that curtail [a woman’s] abortion choice are disturbingly suggestive of involuntary servitude, prohibited by the Thirteenth 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.”

That was from a Supreme Court brief -- it's not like this is some minor declaration expressing some ill-considered opinion.

You can say a lot of things in defense of Dawn Johnsen. Characterizing her beliefs on abortion as "mainstream" is not one of them.

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