This week Sotomayor has been meeting with each member of the Senate privately in preparation for the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing expected to take place in July.
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." Given her comment, DeMint questions whether Sotomayor has an "unwavering commitment to the Constitution and equal justice for all Americans."
You haven't t thought about it!!! How is that possible? Any thinking adult in America has thought about the issue of abortion and whether the unborn have rights protected under the Constitution. ESPECIALLY a judge. If someone in a position like Sotomayor tells you they haven't thought about whether the unborn have protections under the Constitution, they are either lying or hiding something.
In all fairness, this agnosticism about abortion seems to be the script for virtually all Supreme Court nominees regardless of what party's president tenders the appointment. They are all equally disingenuous and they are all equally symptoms of a political ethos that rewards public statements of ignorance and punishes public statements of principle.
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