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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-29-09 07:46 AM
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Abortion backers get reassurances on nominee (MSNBC)
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.

Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30994182 /
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katandmoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-29-09 07:56 AM
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1. Don't ask, don't tell.
Edited on Fri May-29-09 07:56 AM by katandmoon
He didn't ASK her, but he's sure anyway? That's the same response he could also give anti-choicers.

Sadly, even Barbara Boxer says in the article she doesn't plan to ask Sotomayor about Roe.

What is she afraid of?

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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-29-09 08:03 AM
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2. I suppose it is possible that they didn't ask, but she brought it up
herself...or in the context of another question... :shrug:
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-29-09 08:10 AM
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3. "Abortion Backers?"
What kind of an appellation is that?
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-29-09 08:25 AM
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4. I saw this on the way to check email
That is why I posted it.

Abortion backers :eyes:
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targetpractice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-29-09 08:42 AM
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5. Hell YEAH!! Abortions!!
Puh-lease.

That is the lamest headline I've read in a long time.
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VWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-29-09 08:52 AM
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6. Wow. Nice framing of the issue.
Let's all go out tonight for lattes and a few abortions! Who's with me?

:sarcasm:
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-29-09 10:16 AM
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7. I can't get pregnant anymore, but will swing by our highschool and pick up a few teens
take them all in for their weekly abortion. Hell Yay!


sad to even have to say :sarcasm:
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-29-09 11:38 AM
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10. Give me an A! Give me a B!...
What a stupid way to frame the issue. That's just sloppy "journalism".
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solstice Donating Member (278 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-29-09 10:26 AM
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8. Funny but I am NOT reassured. President "Abortion Rights" Obama
doesn't KNOW where she stands?!

Fuck that shit!
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-29-09 10:59 AM
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9. Welcome to DU
:hi:
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