Thursday, September 15, 2005

john roberts and abortion rights

i was listening to democracy now's analysis of the john roberts confirmation hearings. one thing particularly struck me. it seems that roberts was very careful in his answers concerning Roe v. Wade (the landmark case upholding a woman's right to an abortion). it was spoken by Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization of Women
There's a – I just want to read you something from one of the right wing groups that has been writing on this to their own people. It's called You’re probably familiar with it. It’s sort of an analysis from the right wing about the hearings and how they're going. “Roberts’s answer was brilliant. He made a statement that will satisfy most Americans about privacy while leaving himself enough wiggle room to move the court on [abortion] in the future.” And then just a few minutes later, they posted, quote, “A top-flight leading conservative pro-life lawyer with a vibrant Supreme Court practice whose name most readers of this forum would know just walked into the room where I am sitting. He was thrilled about Roberts's answers during the dialogue with Specter and indicated his strong approval and endorsement. He explained that Roberts's answer was carefully framed to provide a basis for revisiting and overturning Roe in the future.”
i can't imagine the court overturning Roe v. Wade, but i'm bothered that the senators who think Roe v. Wade is so important didn't press him more on this matter.

See the full transcript of the democracy now show here

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