Democracy Now: Obama: Abortion Rights a Factor in Court Pick, But Not a “Litmus Test”

President Obama says he intends to choose a successor for the retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in the coming weeks. Obama discussed the Supreme Court search on Wednesday before a meeting with congressional leaders.

President Obama: “My hope is that we’re going to be
able to get a Supreme Court nominee confirmed in time for the next session. As Justice Stevens said, I think it’s very important, particularly given the important cases that may be coming before the Supreme Court, that we get this process wrapped up so that a new justice can be seated and staffed and can work effectively with his or her colleagues in time for the fall session.”

Obama went on to say he’ll seek a candidate who respects women’s rights but won’t make support for abortion a “litmus test.”

~ by wheresthemic on April 22, 2010.

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