Sotomayor Refers to Precedent on Abortion

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is
shedding no additional light on her views on abortion, despite persistent questioning from one of the Senate's staunchest abortion
opponents.

Sotomayor referred to Supreme Court cases establishing that women have a constitutional right to abortions in some circumstances and that the high court must consider whether state regulations pose an undue burden on that right.

But as her Senate confirmation hearing continued Wednesday, she
wouldn't answer questions from Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of
Oklahoma - an obstetrician - about whether medical advances that
could make a fetus viable at an earlier stage in pregnancy should affect how the court considers abortion.


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