Sotomayor Tells Senator She "Never Thought About" Rights of Unborn on Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
June 11, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — As more evidence comes in that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor will likely support abortion and uphold Roe v. Wade if she is confirmed, a new comment she made during a meeting with one senator provides another talking point for pro-life advocates opposed to her nomination.
Sotomayor has been meeting with each member of the Senate privately in preparation for the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing expected to take place in July.
Senator Jim DeMint, a pro-life Republican from South Carolina, says he had a "good meeting" with the appeals court judge, but he came away with a telling comment, according to a OneNewsNow report.
"When I asked if an unborn child has any rights whatsoever, I was surprised that she said she had never thought about it," he said. "This is not just a question about abortion, but about respect due to human life at all stages — and I hope this is cleared up in her hearings."
Given her comment, DeMint questions whether Sotomayor has an "unwavering commitment to the Constitution and equal justice for all Americans."
Sotomayor’s comment comes as pro-life advocates are putting together a more cohesive case giving them less compunction about putting together a national campaign to oppose her nomination.
The Washington Times profiled Sotomayor’s background on Wednesday as a member of the board of directors of a Hispanic group, and a part-time head of its litigation committee, that filed several legal briefs urging support for unlimited abortions.
Sotomayor has also come under fire for saying she regretted the adoption of a Congressional bill that prevented the Legal Services Corporation from spending taxpayer funds litigating in favor of abortion.
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