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WASHINGTON, Oct 18, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers said in 1989 she would "actively support" banning abortions except to save the mother's life, reports said Tuesday.

Miers indicated her support of a human life constitutional amendment in a Texans United for Life questionnaire while she was a Dallas City Council candidate 16 years ago, The New York Times and The Washington Post said.

With the disclosure, Miers' is sure to undergo questioning from conservatives and liberals at her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings tentatively set for early November, The New York Times reported.

The answer differentiates Miers' appointment from that of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., who left no written documents about his views on abortion.

Miers has told no one how she might rule on a challenge to the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade abortion decision.

The view expressed in 1989 was in keeping with Miers efforts to keep the American Bar Association from adopting a position on the subject and anti-abortion views expressed to friends and associates in Texas.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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