Sotomayor Says Overturning Roe v. Wade Would Destroy Public Perception of Supreme Court

Justice Sonia Sotomayor stated that if efforts to reverse Roe v. Wade achieve success, then the judgment would efficiently ruin public understanding of the Supreme Court.

Will this organization make it through the stink that this produces in the general public understanding that the Constitution and its reading are simply political acts?” Sotomayor as oral arguments start in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Company, which challenges Roe v. Wade and Planned Being A Parent v. Casey. “I don’t see how it is possible.”

Sotomayor likewise questioned Mississippi Lawyer General Scott Stewart over his state’s interest in more limiting abortion.

“How is your interest anything but a religious view?” she asked, including: “The issue of when life begins has been hotly debated by philosophers since the beginning of time. It’s still debated in religions. So when you say this is the only right that takes away from the state the ability to protect a life, that’s a religious view, isn’t it? When does the life of the women and putting her at risk, enter the calculus?” 

She even countered at Mississippi’s arguments that Roe v. Wade need to be reversed due to the fact that the right to an abortion is not clearly set out in the text of the Constitution, stating that neither Marbury v. Madison, which developed judicial evaluation, nor judgments on contraception and same-sex marital relationship, are set out in the Constitution.

“I fear none of those things are written in the Constitution,” Sotomayor stated. “They have all, like Marbury v. Madison, been discerned from the nature of the Constitution.” 

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.