Day 2: Kagan Pressured on Views as Harvard Dean

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WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan revealed little about her opinions on particular cases during the second day of her confirmation hearings, Tuesday.

Instead, she vowed to look at the merits of each case individually and to leave her passions and politics at the door.

Conservative Republicans bluntly challenged her decisions as dean of Harvard Law -- one of which involved the military policy against homosexuals.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, accused Kagan of treating military recruiters in a "second class way" by blocking them from Harvard's career services office during her tenure as dean.

Kagan said she took the action because of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which bars gays from serving openly.

"All that I was trying to do was to ensure that Harvard Law School could also comply with its anti-discrimination policy, a policy that was meant to protect all the students of our campus including the gay and lesbian students who might very much want to serve in the military," she responded.

For more analysis on Kagan's confirmation hearings thus far, click play for comments from Washington Times reporter Quin Hillyer, following Jennifer Wishon's report.

Also, will Kagan turn out to be a doctrinaire liberal or an open-minded justice? Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, offers her insight to CBN News here.

"I'm just a little taken aback by the tone of your remarks because it's unconnected to reality," Sessions charged. "I know what happened at Harvard. I know you're an outspoken leader against the military policy."

Kagan responded saying, "I respect and indeed I revere the military."

When asked about gun laws, Kagan emphasized the importance of judicial precedent.

Then, came questions about Roe v. Wade.

"Do you believe the Constitution requires that the health of the mother be protected in any statute restricting access to abortion?" Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., asked.

"I think the continuing holdings of the court are that the woman's life and the woman's health must be protected in any abortion regulation," Kagan answered.

If confirmed, Kagan said she'll recuse herself from cases she's taken part in as solicitor general.

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