Judge Sonia Sotomayor declared unequivocally on Tuesday that the right to choose an abortion, as determined by Roe v. Wade, was established as law by the Supreme Court. In the process, the Obama nominee left the clear impression that she would vote to uphold abortion rights should the she be confirmed to the bench.
"The court's decision in Planned Parenthood vs. Casey reaffirmed the court holding of Roe," Sotomayor told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "That is the precedent of the court and settled in terms of the holding of the court."
Earlier in the question and answer session, Sotomayor was pressed to explain her view on the right to privacy, which provides the constitutional basis for the Supreme Court's ruling on abortion rights.
"There is a right of privacy," she replied. " The court has found it in various places in the Constitution.... It is found in the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable search and seizures ... It's also found in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution when it is considered in the context of the liberty interests protected by the due process clause of the Constitution.