The chairwoman of the House Pro-Choice Caucus urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to press Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan about her views on abortion rights.

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said she was concerned about a memo Kagan wrote during the Clinton administration supporting legislation to ban some partial birth abortions.

In that memo, Kagan suggested then-President Bill Clinton support the Democratic-sponsored bill to prevent the passage of even stricter legislation.

"The emergence of a memorandum co-authored by Solicitor General Kagan during her time as a White House aide in the Clinton Administration regarding abortion is troubling," Slaughter wrote in a letter to Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

"As Co Chair of the Pro Choice Caucus, I urge you and the Committee to keep the constitutional right to choose at the forefront of your minds as you question Solicitor General Kagan," Slaughter added.

In a statement accompanying the letter, Slaughter said a pro-choice justice is needed to compensate for the policies of the George W. Bush administration.

"Many of our rights were eroded during the previous Administration and the vote earlier this year on health care reform exposed the efforts to play politics with the rights of women," Slaughter said. "For that reason, it's especially important that the next Supreme Court justice take a strong position on protecting a women's right to choose. It's my hope that the Senate will respectfully ask Elena Kagan for her views on this critical topic."