From CNA with my emphases and comments.
Sotomayor says she has ‘never thought about’ rights of unborn, senator reports
Washington D.C., Jun 13, 2009 / 07:22 am (CNA).- Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s views on abortion law and the unborn were topics in several of her meetings with U.S. Senators. One pro-life senator reports that Sotomayor told him she had never thought about the rights of the unborn, while a pro-abortion senator says that she clearly acknowledged to him “the importance of precedent.” [Ummm… if it is an important precedent, then she has thought about it. Or am I missing something? We all acknowledge that people "think" about things in passing. But that is different from "thinking" about something from your position as a, say, jurist, judge,… specialist. Are we to believe that this specialist has never thought about the rights of the unborn? About the rights of what may under the law be a whole class of people? Perhaps, and I have never thought about the what happens by transsubstantiation.]
On Tuesday Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) discussed his meeting with Sotomayor.
“We had a good meeting that covered a wide array of issues and Judge Sotomayor was very personable and engaging. However, I didn’t hear anything today that eased my concerns,” he said.
“When I asked if an unborn child has any rights whatsoever, I was surprised that she said she had never thought about it,” Sen. DeMint reported. “This is not just a question about abortion, but about the respect due to human life at all stages, and I hope this is cleared up in her hearings.” [I suspect there will be a question or two.]
“Those who serve on the highest court in America must have an unwavering commitment to the Constitution and equal justice for all Americans,” he said. [If the unborn are Americans, they must have the protection of law, right? I wonder: Is there a jurist alive today in the USA who hasn’t thought about whether the unborn have the protection of law? If so… who would want that sort of out-of-touch person to sally forth from the dark, sound-proofed windowless basement he has been living in for the past 30 years and take a seat on the SCOTUS?]
Sen. DeMint also expressed concern about her views on the Second Amendment, which protects the right to bear arms.
On June 2, Sotomayor had a meeting with Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), who supports legalized abortion. After the meeting, Sen. Feinstein said she felt comfortable that Sotomayor supports the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade as a precedent. [But Sotomayor has not thought about abortion. How could she have an opinion on Roe v Wade as a precedent. Are we to believe that in thinking about Roe v Wade, her powers of disciplined cogitation extended strictly and only to, say, matters of privacy?]
The nominee also met with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on June 3. A supporter of abortion, Wyden told reporters he was “very pleased” that Judge Sotomayor has indicated in the past that she possesses “a great respect for precedent,” Politico says.
He reportedly said he asked specifically about abortion and Roe v. Wade, after which “she acknowledged the importance of precedent… She made that very clear.”
If Judge Sotomayor has never thought about the rights of the unborn, I would like to know from which penumbra she emanated.