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Abortion backers get reassurances on nominee (MSNBC)
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Source: MSNBC

White House tries to assuage liberals that Sotomayor agrees with Obama

The White House scrambled yesterday to assuage worries from liberal groups about Judge Sonia Sotomayor's scant record on abortion rights, delivering strong but vague assurances that the Supreme Court nominee agrees with President Obama's belief in constitutional protections for a woman's right to the procedure.

Facing concerns about the issue from supporters rather than detractors, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama did not ask Sotomayor specifically about abortion rights during their interview. But Gibbs indicated that the White House is nonetheless sure she agrees with the constitutional underpinnings of Roe v. Wade, which 36 years ago provided abortion rights nationwide.

But White House officials appeared eager to send a message that abortion rights groups do not need to worry about how she might rule in a challenge to Roe v. Wade.

Officials said they had private conversations yesterday with groups on both sides of the abortion debate. Senior Senate Democrats said they expect that liberal Democratic senators will raise the issue with Sotomayor in private meetings next week on Capitol Hill.

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  -Abortion backers get reassurances on nominee (MSNBC) underpants  May-29-09 07:46 AM   #0 
  - Don't ask, don't tell.  katandmoon   May-29-09 07:56 AM   #1 
  - I suppose it is possible that they didn't ask, but she brought it up  hlthe2b   May-29-09 08:03 AM   #2 
  - "Abortion Backers?"  Demeter   May-29-09 08:10 AM   #3 
  - I saw this on the way to check email  underpants   May-29-09 08:25 AM   #4 
  - Hell YEAH!! Abortions!!  targetpractice   May-29-09 08:42 AM   #5 
  - Wow. Nice framing of the issue.  VWolf   May-29-09 08:52 AM   #6 
  - I can't get pregnant anymore, but will swing by our highschool and pick up a few teens  uppityperson   May-29-09 10:16 AM   #7 
  - Give me an A! Give me a B!...  myrna minx   May-29-09 11:38 AM   #10 
  - Funny but I am NOT reassured. President "Abortion Rights" Obama  solstice   May-29-09 10:26 AM   #8 
     - Welcome to DU  underpants   May-29-09 10:59 AM   #9 

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