Apparently the confirmations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito were great things for women in this country whereas the possible confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor, an actual woman, would be a bad thing – at least that seems to be the message of the Women’s Coalition for Justice:
Members of the Women’s Coalition for Justice released the following statements in advance of the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor beginning next Monday.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, stated, “Women are best protected by the rule of law — and blind justice. Their rights are most endangered when personal preference, ideology or painful personal history inform judgment … Given what we know about Sonia Sotomayor’s own judicial philosophy, including her support of policymaking from the bench, senators have just cause to reject her appointment to the United States Supreme Court.”
Genevieve Wood, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, The Heritage Foundation …”[Sonia Sotomayor’s] statements raise grave concerns about whether she can truly be impartial and the current defense that she simply endorses including different perspectives doesn’t hold water. The Senators must ask challenging questions to determine whether she believes that a wise woman can reach the same conclusion as a wise man, or whether she intends to bring bias, as she has suggested, even to most cases.”
Connie Mackey, Senior Vice President for FRCAction … Women think independently and most women will see that Sonia Sotomayor is a judicial activist who will use the courts to make policy reflective of her own personal judgments as opposed to ruling based upon the tenets put forth by the Constitution.
Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life remarked … “Her record of activism in support of a radical pro-abortion agenda is clear and documented. This is a judge with a record significantly worse than Judge Souter’s. We are asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to seriously consider the consequences of confirming a Supreme Court justice whose radical record shows she would rule against all common-sense legal protections for the unborn, including parental notification, informed consent and bans on partial-birth abortion. The American people will not tolerate a nominee who is outside the mainstream of American public opinion.”
Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee stated, “Sonia Sotomayor’s record reveals she lacks the primary characteristic required of a judge — impartiality … After giving her the benefit of the doubt, her record of giving preferences to certain classes of people and denying equal justice to others obliges Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee to oppose her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sonia Sotomayor has disqualified herself from the U.S. Supreme Court. Senators need to set aside their party loyalty and do their Constitutional duty to uphold equal justice for all by opposing Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination.”
Not surprisingly, many of these same conservative women also participated in the “Women For Roberts” coalition which held a press conference at which they praised the fact that John Roberts “doesn’t have a sexist bone in his body” as well as a “Women for Alito” press conference to make the case that “Samuel Alito possesses the capability, character and commitment to the law America needs in a Supreme Court justice, and he deserves a swift and fair confirmation.”
So there you have it: the appointment of ultra-conservative men to the Supreme Court by President Bush greatly advances the interests of women, whereas the appointment of an actual woman by President Obama greatly undermines those interests and Senators have an obligation to uphold the rights of all women by rejecting the nomination of this particular woman.