Judge Sonia Sotomayor said that if attempts to Roe v. Wade overthrow is successful, the ruling will effectively destroy the public’s perception of the Supreme Court.
Will this institution survive the stench it creates in the public perception that the Constitution and reading it are just political acts? ” Sotomayor as oral arguments start in Gambling against Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey challenges. “I do not see how that is possible.”
Sotomayor too question mark Mississippi Attorney General Scott Stewart on his state’s interest in further restricting abortion.
“How is your interest anything other than a religious view?” she asked, adding: “The question of when life begins since the beginning of time has been hotly debated by philosophers. Religions are still debated. So when you say it’s the only right that takes away the ability to protect a life from the state, it’s a religious view, isn ‘t it? When does the life of the women and the fact that she is in danger go into the calculus? ”
She even hit back Mississippi’s arguments that Roe v. Wade must be overthrown because the right to an abortion is not explicitly set out in the text of the Constitution, saying that neither Marbury v. Madison, who has instituted judicial review, yet more decisions on birth control and same-sex marriage are set out in the Constitution.
“I’m afraid none of those things are written in the Constitution,” Sotomayor said. “They are all, like Marbury v. Madison, distinguished from the nature of the Constitution. ”
Alan is a writer, editor and news junkie in New York.