Documents Show Sonia Sotomayor’s Group Opposed Pro-Life Judge Robert Bork

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 2, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Documents Show Sonia Sotomayor’s Group Opposed Pro-Life Judge Robert Bork

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 2
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is facing new criticism from pro-life advocates now that a group she served as a board member for has provided new documents to the Senate. A Hispanic organization that she set policy for took a strong stance against pro-life Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.

The Senate went on to reject President Ronald Reagan’s high court pick in 1987 after abortion advocates subjected him to intense criticism.

Sotomayor was on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, now known as Latino Justice, at the time of the nomination.

The documents reveal her group opposed Bork’s nomination and called him a "threat" to the "civil rights of the Latino community."

Sotomayor has already come under fire for PRLDEF’s six legal briefs that it submitted to the high court aggressively promoting unlimited abortions funded at taxpayer expense.

The New York Times notes that Sotomayor "was an involved and ardent supporter of their various legal efforts."

The documents provide more support for that, Stephen Boyd, spokesman for the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, pro-life Sen. Jeff Sessions, told the Washington Times.

"A cursory look at the limited material now in our possession raises several red flags … as well as information indicating Judge Sotomayor’s deeper-than-previously thought involvement in developing the legal positions of the organization," Boyd told the newspaper.

White House spokesman Ben LaBolt tried to play down the documents and Sotomayor’s connection with the PRLDEF promoting abortion and opposing Bork.

"Documents that Judge Sotomayor did not write, review or approve – many of them more than two decades old – are irrelevant to her nomination," he said.

Yet, Cesar Perales, PRLDEF’s president and general counsel, told AP after the release of the new documents that Sotomayor’s role was to "help us raise funds, set policy, hire the person who would run the organization."

However, the vicious nature of the attacks on Bork by Sotomayor’s group and others was so beyond the pale that political observers would say that future nominees who might be strenuously opposed got "Borked."

Last month, Sotomayor made a comment during a meeting with one senator that also sent shockwaves throughout the pro-life community.

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.

"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."

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.

Two key pro-abortion senators have also said they think she will uphold unlimited abortions if confirmed to the high court.

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