Pro-Abortion Groups Support Obama Supreme Court Pick Sonia Sotomayor

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 26, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Groups Support Obama Supreme Court Pick Sonia Sotomayor

by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 26
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Leading pro-abortion groups expressed support for President Barack Obama’s selection of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. If confirmed by the Senate, Sotomayor would replace outgoing pro-abortion Justice David Souter, and likely keep the court’s apparent 5-4 pro-abortion majority.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL, was one of the first to chime in with her backing for the appeals court judge.

“President Obama has selected a nominee with a distinguished record of professional accomplishments as a judge, prosecutor, and community leader," she said in a statement.

"This impressive personal biography signals that she possesses an understanding of how the law affects everyday people’s lives,” Keenan said. “We are encouraged by the strong support she receives from her peers and other legal scholars and the fact that the Senate has twice confirmed her for federal judgeships."

However, Keenan appeared to wait to reserve her most glowing praise until more is known about where Sotomayor stands on abortion and Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy.

Nominated to serve as the third woman and first Hispanic on the Supreme Court, the pro-abortion National Organization for Women (NOW) said it would "celebrate" the nomination.

"Judge Sotomayor will serve the nation with distinction. She brings a lifelong commitment to equality, justice and opportunity, as well as the respect of her peers, unassailable integrity, and a keen intellect informed by experience," NOW president Kim Gandy said.

Gandy said her group would launch a "Confirm Her" campaign to ensure the swift confirmation of her appointment. She called on the Senate to confirm Sotomayor without any significant delays.

Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, a pro-abortion judicial group, was also pleased with the choice of Sotomayor.

"Sonia Sotomayor will be a strong voice to uphold the Constitution and the law to provide equal justice and protect personal freedoms for everyone in America," he said. "This nomination shows that President Obama is appointing judges who understand that the role of the courts is to give everyone a chance to be heard, to stand up for their rights, and get justice."

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