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9:11 am
Mon March 19, 2007

Honaker Says Personal Views Will Not Impact His Ability To Judge

Rock Springs, Wy – Today (Monday), Rock Springs attorney
Richard Honaker was announced as the Bush administration's nominee
for a U-S District Court judgeship in Wyoming.
But 16 years ago, when he served in the Legislature, Honaker was
the author of a bill that would have imposed the nation's toughest
restrictions on abortion.
The "Human Life Protection Act" was rejected by the House
Judiciary Committee.
If it had become law, it would have outlawed abortions except in
cases where a mother's health was in jeopardy, or in cases of rape
or incest. In the latter two instances, a woman seeking an abortion
would have had to report the crime within five days after she was
able to.
In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Honaker said
no judge should fall back on his political views.
He said one of his roles as a lawmaker was to take positions on
public policy issues, including abortion. His role as a federal
judge would be far different, Honaker said.