Tuesday, May 26, 2009

NARAL Wants Answers on Sotomayor

Nancy Keenan at NARAL has sent an email to members expanding on her previous public statement on President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court. She also asks NARAL supporters to contact Senators demanding specific questions of the nominee on Roe. Here's my "Dear Friend" letter:
Today, President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Sotomayor has a distinguished record of professional accomplishments as a judge, prosecutor, and community leader, and America's pro-choice majority is eager to learn more about President Obama's nominee.

Make sure the Senate gives Judge Sotomayor a fair hearing so we can learn more about her views on the right to privacy.

Discussion about Roe v. Wade will—and must—be part of this nomination process. The vast majority of Americans support the values of freedom and privacy this ruling represents. As you know, choice hangs in the balance on the Supreme Court as the last two major choice-related cases were decided by a five-to-four margin.

Tell your senators that Judge Sonia Sotomayor deserves a fair hearing that includes questions about Roe v. Wade.

This is an extraordinary time for our cause—a chance to fill a seat on the Supreme Court with a champion of privacy and freedom. It's up to us to make our voices heard.

Thank you for taking action and speaking out.

My best,

Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

I do believe the President is still firmly committed to his pro-abort litmus test for the high court. But so far, there is nothing in evidence to suggest Sotomayor's commitment to Roe - Not decisions, not political contributions, not public statements.

NARAL is also not acting like someone who's been privately or satisfactorily assured of Sotomayor's commitments. All that blue in the letter were action links in the original.

Trust me, I don't mean to get all L'Osservatore on you - I don't think the president's priorities have altered a bit. My father-in-law is fond of saying, "If something doesn't make sense, you probably don't have all the information." I think that is the case with this nomination. I expect there is much yet to know.