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Thursday, September 15, 2005

No Right Answer

Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. has frustrated Senators Biden, Schumer, and Feinstein with his refusal to answer questions on abortion. Judge Roberts has said that the Constitution provides for the right to privacy, but he will not say whether it includes the right to an abortion. Regarding Roe v. Wade, he has answered that judicial precedents are entitled to respect, and that people have expectations that they can rely on settled law. He said that the core ruling in Roe v. Wade is settled, and changing such precedents can jolt the legal system, but he would not reveal whether he thought the ruling was correct. Judge Roberts has answered, simply, “My faith and my religious beliefs do not play a role in my judging.”

If Judge Roberts were to state his beliefs on abortion, there would be no right answer. Whether he states that he does not like baby-killers, or, conversely, that people who oppose a woman’s right to choose are extremist abortion clinic-bombing nuts, he alienates one political party or the other, essentially ruining his chances of being confirmed. These senators should realize this, and not get in a snit because he is being “evasive.”

7 Comments:

  • Who wants a puss like that as a Supreme Court Justice? Personally, I don't care. When my case gets to the Supreme Court, it'll be pretty cut and dry.

    As it stands, I'm anti-choice. Abort them all. I think it's a pretty safe assumption that they're all mistakes. And if one slips by, let's go ahead and allow postnatal abortions as well. We could even instate a police force to handle it. You know we'd have plenty of volunteers. Steady work! Steady pay! Benefits! Badges and uniforms! All you need is a valid ID! Sign up now!

    By Blogger hal the brown, at 7:55 PM, September 15, 2005  

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    By Blogger Katherine, at 8:02 PM, September 15, 2005  

  • I nominate Hal the Brown to be the new Chief Justice!!

    By Blogger Katherine, at 8:11 PM, September 15, 2005  

  • hey matt. IM NOT STUDYING. ok now i am.

    By Blogger Katherine, at 8:12 PM, September 15, 2005  

  • I don't even have to go to Austin to not study!!!

    By Blogger Katherine, at 8:12 PM, September 15, 2005  

  • It seems like asking a potential Supreme Court Justice their stance on the abortion issue is little short of baiting them for the hounds of hell when they answer. There is no right answer, as you said, as whatever reply you give will offend at least one major demographic of the country. By giving a non-committal answer, he at least gives himself a chance to get on the Bench before he rules on a point of law.

    Regardless of how he feels about abortion, I think it's safe to say he has a strong track record and he handled the confirmation hearings well. I would say absent any outright statement on his behalf advocating the overthrow of our government as we know it, the confirmation should not be the major partisan issue it's become.

    By Blogger Steve, at 2:38 PM, September 16, 2005  

  • Yeah, I think Judge Roberts is a shoe-in.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 7:10 PM, September 16, 2005  

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