Senate Confirms Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court, Expected to Back Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
August 6, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Members of the Senate voted 68-31 today to approve appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor for a seat on the Supreme Court. There, she is expected to become one of the five members of the pro-abortion majority that supports Roe v. Wade and its unlimited abortions.
Sotomayor will now replace retiring pro-abortion Justice David Souter, who retired before the high court began its summer recess.
Breaking down the vote, Sotomayor received the backing of all of the members of the Democratic caucus while 31 Republicans voted against her nomination. Another nine Republicans joined Democrats to support her.
Those included Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio, the last lawmaker to announce his position, who said Judge Sotomayor is not the nominee I would have selected if I were president, but making a nomination is not my role here today."
Voinovich is one of four retiring Republicans who voted for Sotomayor, including Sens. Chris Bond of Missouri, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, and Mel Martinez of Florida.
Sotomayor also received support from pro-abortion Maine Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, Richard Lugar of Indiana, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.
Sen. Ted Kennedy, a pro-abortion Democrat from Massachusetts, was the only senator absent from the vote. Ailing pro-abortion Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia and pro-abortion Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who returned to the Senate floor for the first time since breaking her ankle last month, also voted for Obama’s nominee.
The Senate Judiciary Committee previously approved Sotomayor’s nomination on a 13-6 vote.
Last week, the National Right to Life Committee urged senators to oppose Sotomayor.
The group cited her position on the board of directors and as the director of litigation for a pro-abortion Hispanic group that filed several legal briefs with the Supreme Court arguing for unlimited abortions paid for at taxpayer expense.
Two weeks ago, 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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