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National Women's Law Center Lends Its Advocacy to Sotomayor

By Jerry Markon
The National Women's Law Center, a leading critic of former president George W. Bush's two appointees to the Supreme Court, is very publicly supporting President Obama’s first nominee for the high court.

Sonia Sotomayor is a “very impressive woman and jurist,’’ the center’s co-President, Marcia Greenberger, wrote today in an e-mail blast to members.

In an effort to drum up support for Sotomayor, the e-mail asked members to submit online proposed questions to ask the federal judge at her confirmation hearings. The center will use the public queries to develop its own briefing materials and recommended questions for Senate Judiciary Committee members.

“Each Justice on the Supreme Court has a profound and lasting impact on the women of this nation and their families," Greenberger wrote in the e-mail, titled, “What would you ask a Supreme Court nominee?"

“Every year," she added, “the Supreme Court is confronted with cases involving legal issues of the utmost importance to women."

Greenberger had a decidedly different view on the feminist credentials of Bush’s appointees, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and John G. Roberts Jr., now the chief justice. She accused Alito of “a series of mounting inconsistent statements and evasions” in his comments to Senators and said Alito’s ascension to the court would mean that the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide “is virtually certain to be eviscerated."

Greenberger also testified against Roberts at his confirmation hearings, calling parts of his testimony “absolutely eerie."

In her e-mail today, Greenberger directs members to an online form headlined “What Matters to You?” It invites them to type into a box questions for Sotomayor’s Senate confirmation hearings, scheduled to begin July 13.

The questions, however, may not have much depth. The maximum response is 255 characters -- and about five rows of text.

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 12, 2009; 7:28 PM ET
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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