Abortion Advocates Say John Roberts Must Answer Roe Questions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 13, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 13, 2005

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates aren’t happy with the way Supreme Court nominee John Roberts answered a barrage of repetitive questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee during its hearing Tuesday. They say he must make his views crystal clear on the 1973 case that paved the way the way for 44 million abortions.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL, said Roberts "still must answer" whether he believes "the right to privacy includes a woman’s right to choose as recognized in Roe v. Wade."

"He still must answer this vital question directly; the American people expect him to do so as the hearings go forward," Keenan said after the hearings.

Roberts participated in a lengthy exchange with committee chairman Arlen Specter about stare decisis, the notion that landmark Supreme Court precedents should not generally be overturned. Roberts said he respected precedent, but indicated there are occasions when the high court must reconsider a previous ruling.

That discussion "did not take into account the very real fact that there is more than one way to dismantle Roe," Keenan said.

"The Supreme Court could render Roe v. Wade a shell of itself, even without overturning the landmark decision," Keenan argued. "Roberts’ answers to Sen. Specter’s questions did nothing to give Americans confidence that, as Chief Justice, he would protect [abortion.]"

ACLU officials agreed and said senators "must fulfill their constitutional obligation by asking the tough questions" because of what it claims are "many troubling spots in Roberts’ incomplete record."

The judicial panel will continue its questioning of Roberts on Wednesday.