Sonia Sotomayor

Over the next few days (weeks?) I will be attempting to round up and make some sense of the voluminous blogtopic response to Pres. Obama’s nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. The confirmation hearings will probably start in July, so that gives us all a little over a month to get up to speed.

Charlie Savage’s New York Times piece about the relative confusion surrounding Judge Sotomayor’s views on abortion is a good place to start. That aspect of Sotomayor’s background has not been written about as much as other aspects — and I figure it’s at least as important as a remark Sotomayor made at a conference in 2001 about how growing up female and Latina in impoverished circumstances might deepen the wisdom of her judicial decisions.

Savage includes links to Sotomayor’s abortion-related opinions (although none of them go directly to her views on Roe v. Wade), and also linked from the article is a separate page titled “Sotomayor’s Notable Opinions and Articles.”

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