July 22, 2005
Coburn Supports Roberts
About Judge Roberts Sen. Tom Coburn said, "My litmus test is, do they believe in the limited role of the court in terms of following and interpreting the constitution and not making policy, and I'm convinced right now that he is interested in limiting their decisions to what constitutionally they're supposed to do."
But here's the kicker:
Coburn said after his meeting with Roberts that he would have preferred a nominee who would reverse Roe v. Wade, but said it was "more critical to get someone "who's on the side of the Constitution and its strict interpretation."
What was said behind closed doors? Did Coburn ask Roberts about abortion? I and much of the American public want to know his stance.
Coburn may be resigned to accept legalized abortion until the American culture more strongly rejects it. It doesn't hurt knowing abortions are at 30-year lows in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Roberts needs to explain if Roe was the court making policy. If he doesn't think so then he needs to explain where in the constitution abortion is mentioned. What authority did the court have to yank that decision away from individual states?
Or Coburn might be convinced Roberts takes a "neutral" stance on abortion, the same stance as Rehnquist, Scalia, and Thomas. That would be make this pro-lifer and anti-judicial activist quite happy.
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