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Justices' views on abortion in their own words and votes

May 04, 2022 View Original Article
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    100% Extremely Conservative

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    -43% Negative

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

55% : Abortion is a unique act, in which a woman's exercise of control over her own body ends, depending on one's view, human life or potential human life.
50% : Thomas voted to overturn Roe in 1992, in his first term on the court, when he was a dissenter in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
46% : So when a draft of the opinion in the case written by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked late Monday the potential outcome -- the overruling of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey -- was not the surprise.
45% : Even before arguments in the current case, however, the justices themselves have had a lot to say about abortion over the years -- in opinions, votes, Senate confirmation testimony and elsewhere.
44% : Although a State may permit abortion, nothing in the Constitution dictates that a State must do so."
44% : She is also arguably the most consistent voice on the court arguing for the importance of adhering to precedents and can be expected to try to persuade her colleagues not to jettison constitutional protections for abortion.
44% : Kavanaugh's most extensive writing on abortion came while he was a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington.
44% : Barrett's one public vote on the Supreme Court concerning abortion was to allow the Texas "fetal heartbeat" law to take effect.
43% : In the same hearing, Roberts was asked to explain his presence on a legal brief filed by the George H.W. Bush administration that said Roe's conclusion that there is a right to abortion has "no support in the text, structure, or history of the Constitution.''
39% : Millions of Americans believe "that an abortion is akin to causing the death of an innocent child," while millions of others "fear that a law that forbids abortion would condemn many American women to lives that lack dignity," he wrote in the Nebraska case 21 years ago, calling those views "virtually irreconcilable."
38% : Nothing in our Federal Constitution deprives the people of this country of the right to determine whether the consequences of abortion to the fetus and to society outweigh the burden of an unwanted pregnancy on the mother.
38% : "I do not care if the case is about abortion or widgets or anything else," he said.
37% : He has never voted to sustain an abortion restriction, but he has acknowledged the controversy over abortion.
37% :Kagan had already grappled with the issue of abortion before becoming a justice.
34% : As an appeals court judge before joining the Supreme Court in 2017, Gorsuch dissented when his colleagues declined to reconsider a ruling that blocked then-Utah Gov. Gary Herbert from cutting off funding for the state branch of Planned Parenthood.
32% : Gorsuch has perhaps the shortest record on abortion among the nine justices.
32% : Barrett also has a long record of personal opposition to abortion rights, co-authoring a 1998 law review article that said abortion is "always immoral."
31% : Kavanaugh voted to allow the Texas law to go into effect in September, but during oral arguments earlier this month he appeared to have doubts about its novel structure and whether it would lead to a spate of copycat laws on abortion and other rights protected by the Constitution.
24% : Kavanaugh's name was added to President Donald Trump's shortlist of Supreme Court candidates shortly after he sided with the administration in a 2017 case involving abortion.

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