It is widely and understandably assumed that Sonia Sotomayor is pro-abortion. But Steven Waldman points out that we actually don’t have much evidence of her opinion:
After the announcement of Sonia Sotomayor’s selection, abortion groups lined up predictably, pro-life groups expressing outrage and pro-choice offering praise. Everyone seems to be assuming she’s ardently pro-choice, if for no other reason than that Obama’s appointed her.
But there’s stunningly little information about her abortion views – and what we do know hardly paints her as a pro-choice activist.
She’s ruled on only three cases indirectly related to abortion and in each case she took the position preferred by the pro-life forces, albeit for reasons unrelated to the merits of abortion.
The conventional wisdom probably is true. Still, one can always hope (dream?) of a liberal appointee who turns out to be unexpectedly sound on one of the worst constitutional decisions ever.