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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Reputable Pro-Life Catholic Leader Roots for Sotomayor

Washington Times, May 29 by: Victor Morton
A prominent pro-life Catholic says he will be quietly rooting for Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be confirmed to the Supreme Court and said she may even be an improvement over retiring Justice David H. Souter - as both sides of the abortion issue try to discern her position.

William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said Judge Sotomayor's record has more bright spots than conservative Catholics can reasonably expect to get from an appointee of President Obama.

"If the Republicans are smart, they would not fight this one," he told The Washington Times in an interview Thursday.

"I wish I knew more about her. But from what we know, it looks like she'll be at least a wash with Souter, and maybe we'll even see improvement."

Judge Sotomayor's record on abortion-related cases is thin and tangential. She ruled on the right of pro-life protesters to sue on charges of police brutality and on a challenge to the "Mexico City policy," which prevented U.S. government funds from going to aid organizations that counsel for or provide abortions.

The White House said that Mr. Obama did not specifically ask her about her views on the issue but that the president is confident she agrees with him on the fundamental constitutional issues.

But pro-choice groups are uncertain about Judge Sotomayor, and this week they called on senators to ask her directly how she would rule on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right to an abortion.

"We encourage the Senate Judiciary Committee to engage Judge Sotomayor and any future nominees to the Court on their commitment to the principles of Roe v. Wade," said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights. "Anything less threatens not only a woman's constitutional rights, but her life and health."

Pro-life groups also said senators should press for answers.

"We believe it is critical that senators thoroughly explore whether Judge Sotomayor believes that Supreme Court justices have the right to override the decisions of elected lawmakers on such issues as partial-birth abortion, tax funding of abortion and parental notification for abortion," said Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee.

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  1. I cannot understand why anyone has a question about Sotomayor's position on the abortion issue. I see this question popping up all over the Web on both sides and I can only imagine Obama and his cronies giggling their silly little heads off! Why is anyone wondering about this???? This is just another example of the kind of thinking and behavior that got Obama elected and people are doing it all over again!! As thick as their skulls are, their brains must be the size of peas!! Almost everyone Obama has appointed, even in lower-level positions, has been pro-abortion. So, why would anyone ever imagine that Sotomayor, probably the most important and influential appointment Obama will make in his presidency, is NOT pro-abortion?! I can imagine the doubters getting up every morning and anxiously waiting at their windows to see if the sun will rise! What a joy it must be for them when it does!! This is EXACTLY the kind of poor-reasoning-based-on-wishful-thinking-as-justification-for-circumventing-common-sense that keeps getting people into messes -- I really do wish they would stop.

  2. Pola ~ Thank you for your comment. Unlike Obama, Sotomayor's record points to a "pro-life" position--which is the reason the "pro-abortion" side is a bit uneasy about the pick. Her racist rhetoric, and attitudes are, quite agreeably, a hindrance to the appointment--but, as Mr. Donahue pointed out, considering who we expect Obama to pick and who he actually chose, it is welcome surprise that she is not the "radical" pro-abort that we would expect. The proof is in her record. I believe Obama's licking his chops over a much heartier meal: Dawn Johnsen, a RADICAL pro-abort we would expect Obama to choose. Her record proves that.
    If her nomination goes through..rest assured...She will be the next nominee for the Supreme Court..sitting right alongside Sotomayor.
    Thanks for visiting Moms For Life!
    God Bless! ~Georgia


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  • Abortion: Yes or No? by John L. Grady, M.D.
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  • Ending Abortion Not Just Fighting It, by Fr. Frank A. Pavone, M.E.V.
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  • God Is Love, An Encyclical Letter of Pope Benedict XVI
  • Humane Vitae: A Challenge to Love, by Pope Paul VI
  • Is the Fetus Human? by Eric Pastuszek
  • Led by Faith, by Immaculee Ilibigiza
  • Left to Tell, by Immaculee Ilibigiza
  • Living the Gospel of Life ~ the pastoral statement issued by U.S. Catholic Bishops
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