She has the quintescential American dream story to be sure. Sonia Sotomayor has risen from life in the projects and is now poised to be on the Supreme Court. Though they admire her personal story, many conservatives around the country are asking what is the Sotomayor, who is liberal and catholic, position on abortion? Read more below, see photos and a video.
Currently a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge Sonia Sotomayor is both a liberal and a catholic and many will be wondering in the weeks ahead just what kind of Associate Justice she would be on the Supreme Court. And for conservatives like myself, the issue of abortion and how she might vote on abortion related cases before SCOTUS is always a concern.
Although Sonia Sotomayor has not had a case dealing directly with abortion rights, it seems that in 2002’s “Center for Reproductive Law and Policy v. Bush” she wrote an opinion upholding the Bush administration “Mexico City” policy of withholding funds for international groups that perform or support abortions. Sotomayor held that the policy did not constitute a violation of equal protection, as the government “is free to favor the anti-abortion position over the pro-choice position, and can do so with public funds”. You can go here for a good summary of this particular opinion as well as some of her other appellate cases.
Clearly this one opinion does not give us a clear view of Sotomayor’s abortion views or how she as a catholic or as a liberal would vote when an abortion rights case comes before the high court. In this one case, she went against the liberal group on legal/Constitutional grounds. However, pro-choice groups are loving her nomination, with Planned Parenthood declaring that she “understands the importance of ensuring that our Supreme Court justices respect precedent while also protecting our civil liberties” — code for pro-abortion.
Be prepared for The One’s administration to use this one thin opinion to show that Sotomayor rules by the book (for all of us strict constitutionalists) and is not the identity politics kind of a judge that her liberal considerable record says she is.
More photos and a video from Sotomayor Abortion are below.
Sonia Sotomayor Video