Senator Feinstein Assures Pro-Aborts:
Sotomayor "Respects Precedent" Set by Roe v. Wade
Judiciary committee member Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday told
reporters that Judge Sonia Sotomayor had satisfied her concern that the
nominee to become the next Supreme Court judge would uphold liberal
access to abortion as founded in Roe v. Wade.
Following a meeting with Sotomayor, who has spent the last two days at
Capitol Hill meeting with senators, the pro-abortion senator admitted
that the discussion broached the topic of abortion. Asked to elaborate
on that topic, Feinstein praised Sotomayor's "respect for precedent."
"I think she is a woman who is well-steeped in the law and well-steeped
in precedent," said Feinstein. "And I believe that she has a real
respect for precedent, and that she was not just saying that. And if
that is really true, then I would agree with her. And I believe it is."
Feinstein's words confirm earlier reports
that point to
pro-abortion proclivities in Obama's choice to replace retiring Supreme
Court judge David Souter. While several pro-abortion groups have
expressed concern that Obama's Sotomayor has not proven herself as a
champion of abortion, Planned Parenthood, like Feinstein, had assured
constituents of Sotomayor's fidelity to "precedent."
Feinstein also said that Sotomayor regretted the wording of her
controversial statement decried by conservatives as revealing a
"reverse racist" viewpoint.
"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her
experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a
white male who hasn't lived that life," Sotomayor had told an audience
at the University of California-Berkeley Law School in 2001.
“She said, 'Obviously it was a poor choice of words, if you read on and
read the rest of my speech you wouldn’t be concerned with it, but it
was a poor choice of words,'" Feinstein told reporters.
Conservative leaders such as Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh, who had
questioned Sotomayor's racism, have more recently softened their
approach to Sotomayor. Limbaugh said his support for the nomination
rested on the Catholic Latina judge proving that she is not hostile to
the pro-life cause.
"I can see a possibility of supporting this nomination if I can be
convinced that she does have a sensibility toward life in a legal
sense," the radio guru told his audience today.
The Senate Judiciary committee has not yet scheduled hearings to
examine the nominee. Though promising to look carefully at Sotomayor's
record, leading GOP senators on Sunday indicated that the party was not
planning a filibuster to block the nomination.
Contact: Kathleen Gilbert
Date: June 3, 2009
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