Wednesday, July 20

John G. Roberts, incompatible Statements on Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade

Some more great comments from WorldMagBlog on John G. Roberts and one of the key statements that will become an issue for his comfirmation to the Supreme Court. I agree with Weaver--these would not be incompatible, but it certainly demonstrates astute diplomacy by Roberts in weaving his way around the subject. Let's hope he doesn't flip once he is on the bench.

I don't believe those two statements are incompatible. [ John G. Roberts ] believes that Roe v. Wade was "wrongly decided" [ by the Supreme Court ] in that a right to abortion does not exist within the Constitution. However, Roe v. Wade remains "the settled law of the land", and must be recognized as such. The latter statement does not mean that when Roberts is faced with a case similar to Roe v. Wade that he will slavishly decide the case in a pro-abortion way. Instead, I believe, he will decide the case on the evidence available and on the basis of the Constitution of the United States. Abortion opponents may take heart, since there is no right to abortion within the Constitution, Roberts will not find one there.

Posted by Steve Weaver at July 20, 2005 08:33 AM