Why Sotomayor is key to Obama’s abortion agenda

July 21, 2009 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Headlines, Politics

Obama Supreme Court

Why is Sotomayer important to President Obama? She is Catholic. Of the nine Supreme Court Justices, currently five are Catholic. These five tip the court toward a pro-life consensus (the Catholic exception might be Anthony Kennedy).

By choosing Sotomayer, Obama accomplishes two things. First, he secures another pro-choice advocate in the Supreme Court. Second, he makes it impossible for another Catholic to be appointed to the Supreme Court in the future since this appointment would yield six Catholics among the nine Justices.

A future conservative president would be fried if he attempted to appoint an eighth Catholic (pro-life) justice.

Here’s the religious breakdown of the current Supreme Court:

John Roberts Catholic
Stephen G. Breyer Jewish
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Jewish
Anthony M. Kennedy Catholic
Antonin Scalia Catholic
David H. Souter Episcopalian
John Paul Stevens Protestant
Clarence Thomas Catholic
Samuel Alito Catholic

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3 Responses to “Why Sotomayor is key to Obama’s abortion agenda”

  1. Catholic on July 21st, 2009 10:34 am

    I’m not sure I get the point of this article??? I am more than sure that a future conservative Pro Life President could find a Pro Life Judge, regardless of their religious background. In as much as religous background is not a factor, as has been the case in the Sotomayor hearings, then the liberals cannot argue than another Catholic would be automatic grounds for denial. You cannot have it both ways.

  2. Juan A. on July 21st, 2009 11:52 am

    I’d been thinking that Obama’s strategy was to promote pro-abortion Catholics in order to neuter support for the pro-life stance of the Church. But that’s giving him too much credit. Catholics themselves are doing it by the positions they take and the politicians they support.

  3. Taylor Marshall on July 21st, 2009 5:41 pm

    Juan, true that. Catholics are not living up to their baptismal vows.

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