Skip to comments.Sotomayor Sat on Board of Organization That Fought ‘Any Efforts’ to Oppose Abortion
Posted on 07/16/2009 5:34:46 AM PDT by rhema
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor testifies on before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, July 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)(CNSNews.com) At her confirmation hearing this week, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor refused to give her personal views on abortion. However, Sotomayor spent more than a decade serving on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF), a group that opposes any efforts to in any way restrict abortion.
According to legal briefs filed by PRLDEF, the group opposed parental consent laws, waiting periods, and even the broad undue burden standard, which says abortion restrictions cannot be too burdensome for women wanting to end their pregnancies.
Sotomayor did not provide those legal briefs to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
According to the PRLDEF now known as LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Sonia is a member of our family and spent more than a decade providing leadership to our organization, President Cesar Perales said in a statement. She is a most practical person who found solutions to complex issues.
During the time that Sotomayor sat on its board, PRLDEF filed multiple legal briefs with the Supreme Court, arguing that unrestricted abortion was a fundamental right.
In the 1989 case Ohio v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health, PRLDEF argued in an amicus brief that Ohios parental notification and consent laws imposed a tremendous burden on young girls, amounting to an absolute parental veto of a girls decision to abort her baby.
This absolute parental veto was too harsh, PRLDEF said, arguing that if parents were allowed to prevent their daughters from having abortions, it might compromise their daughters development, preventing them from ever being capable of independent decision-making.
Moreover, compulsory notification may compromise the two central tasks of adolescence the development of gradual separation from the family of origin, and the development of the capacity for independent decision-making, the brief said.
PRLDEF was joined in that case by the Workers World Party (WWP), a communist organization based on the Marxist philosophy of global revolution and state control. The PRLDEF and WWP, along with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, argued that forcing girls to tell their parents they want an abortion would deprive girls of their basic liberties.
[T]he statute constitutes not only an impermissible condition on the fundamental right to an abortion, the groups argued, but also a deprivation of liberty in the basic sense the imposition of avoidable harm to the most vulnerable party.
The most vulnerable party to which Sotomayors group was referring is the pregnant girl, not her unborn child.
In another Supreme Court case, Rust v Sullivan (1989), Sotomayors group argued that the government should give adolescent girls a warm and accepting environment to discuss their abortion options, instead of sending them to inappropriate prenatal care centers.
A warm and accepting environment in which the [pregnant] adolescent feels sufficiently secure is essential. By giving women inappropriate referrals to prenatal care providers, the regulations will also delay those women, from obtaining abortions.
Rust challenged federal regulations barring federally funded family planning providers from recommending abortion. NRLDEF argued that the government should be allowed to recommend abortion, but the Supreme Court disagreed.
In a third case, Webster v. Reproductive Health Services (1989), PRLDEF opposed the undue burden standard, arguing that it would not save potential human life. PRLDEF also argued that opposition to abortion was partly motivated by anger over a womans ability to make her own decisions.
Hostility to abortion is fueled not simply by beliefs about the sacredness of the fetus, but also by anger at abortion as a symbol of womens taking some control over their lives, the group argued.
In a fourth case, Williams v Zbaraz (1980), PRLDEF argued that state governments must use Medicaid funding to provide abortions. The group compared abortion to other Medicaid-provided medical services such as eyeglasses, prescription drugs, and orthodontics. The group argued that if states could deny people abortions, they could deny them braces, too.
Sotomayor, as a federal appeals court judge, has not directly ruled on abortion, but pro-life groups say her affiliation with PRLDEF is telling: A vote for Judge Sotomayor is a vote for unrestricted abortion-on-demand without any common-sense restrictions -- a position far outside the mainstream of the American public," said Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life.
Cn you say FAR LEFT....
Opinion Dynamics Corporation poll, April 2005.
"Some 78 percent of those polled favor parental notification laws and 72 percent support parental consent laws.
"Pro-life respondents strongly favored the proposals with 95 percent backing notification measures and 93 percent favoring parental consent.
"Even those polled who favor legalized abortion still say parents should be allowed to know about their daughters' major medical decisions like an abortion.
"Some 64 percent of those who self-identified as favoring abortion back notification laws and 55 percent say parents should be required to approve a minor's abortion request."
Sotomayor could appear on TV and proclaim she is a demoness from hell and knash her tongue around and eat a LIVE baby and she will be confirmed.
God help our cuntry.
Our Country is being driven to depths I never thought possible...very sad when or if this liberal twit gets appointed while our nominees get verbally attacked and discredited over and over....I’m not even watching the fake proceedings.
Obviously, Sotomayor is unqualified and should not be confirmed. Ironically she is not a wise Latina and the (mostly white) conservative male justices will make mince meat out of her (logic) on the court. This is the norm for affirmative action-mediocrity.
Of course she did. A lot more, too, that’s yet to make the news I’m sure.
The list, ping
She’s the one!
That lying bitch is Anti-gun!
obozo and his “administration” are from the lowest pit of hell.
Please FreepMail me if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.
What do we expect. The GOP gave overwhelming support for Judge Ginsburg who was as pro-abortion big time.
We are talking about a Supreme Court Justice, for crying out loud, not an ordinary citizen! This woman is going to be confirmed for Supreme Court Justice - the GOP doesn't have the votes to stop it.
That means she will help decide serious, sometimes life and death, legal issues. What a joke!
B-b-b-but I thought she was so wise!
Wise Latina! Don’t forget that. :-)
B-b-b-but I thought she was so wise!
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