More Republican Senators Announce Opposition to, Support for Sonia Sotomayor

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 22, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

More Republican Senators Announce Opposition to, Support for Sonia Sotomayor

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 22
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — More Republican senators have announced their opposition to or support for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. She is the appeals court judge whom pro-life advocates are concerned will promote abortion in the same manner as pro-abortion Justice Davis Souter, whom she would replace.

Souter is retiring and Sotomayor is President Barack Obama’s first nominee for the high court, which currently has at least a 5-4 pro-abortion majority.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a pro-life Republican from South Carolina is the latest to say he will vote for her confirmation.

He said he would back Sotomayor because "elections matter," and he believes a president is entitled to have their judicial nominees confirmed.

Graham also said that Sotomayor’s record belies the troubling comments she made supporting judicial activism that worry pro-life advocates she will back abortion on the Supreme Court.

With Graham on board, five Republicans will join all, or almost all, Democrats in backing Sotomayor. That makes it so her confirmation is almost a virtual certainty.

As the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to vote next Tuesday on her bid, pro-life Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the number two Republican on the panel, became the first GOP lawmaker on the committee to say he would oppose her.

"I remain unconvinced that Judge Sotomayor believes judges should set aside biases, including those based on race and gender, and render the law impartially and neutrally," Kyl said.

"Her answers answered nothing," Kyl said about her contention she wouldn’t be an activist judge once confirmed.

So far, only four other Republicans — Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Richard Lugar of Indiana and Mel Martinez of Florida — have announced they will vote for Sotomayor.

Ten Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have said they will vote against the nomination.

Yesterday, leading pro-abortion group NARAL endorsed Sotomayor citing her comments during the confirmation hearings that she supports Roe v. Wade and that Obama promised pro-abortion judges during the presidential election.

Sotomayor has come under opposition from most pro-life groups because of all of the evidence showing she would likely support abortion on the high court.

They also point to her involvement in a pro-abortion group that repeatedly called on the Supreme Court to allow all abortions paid for at taxpayer expense.

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.

Roe v. Wade, handed down in 1973 along with Doe v. Bolton, allowed abortions throughout pregnancy for virtually any reason and has resulted in more than 50 million abortions since then.

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