By Walter Alarkon,The Hill
The White House signaled Thursday that President Obama is confident that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor won’t vote to overturn abortion rights.
Obama,a supporter of abortion rights,is “very comfortable with the fact that she shares a similar interpretation to the Constitution” as Obama,said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
Sotomayor,who has served as a federal appeals court judge for more than a decade,has never ruled directly on a woman’s right to an abortion. Because of her thin record on the issue,pro-abortion rights advocates have called on Sotomayor to reveal her views on a constitutional right to privacy,which has been the legal key to upholding abortion rights.
In answering questions about the groups’concerns,Gibbs noted that Obama,a former law professor,is familiar with the Constitution and has found Sotomayor to have similar views on it.