Roundup: Sotomayor’s Confirmation Hearings Begin Today

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Sotomayor's Confirmation Hearings Begin Today; FDA One Step Approved by FDA; Spanish Abortion Reform Causes Controversy

Sotomayor’s Confirmation Hearings Begin Today
With Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings starting today, a
CNN/Opinion Research Corp. announced new poll results showing that 47
percent of Americans want her to be confirmed and 40 percent oppose her
confirmation, the Boston Globe
reports. The survey’s results also showed that most Americans expect a
big fight over Sotomayor’s confirmation, but they still expect her to
be confirmed in the end.

To encourage support for Sotomayor, Vice President Joe Biden e-mailed
the supporters of Democratic National Committee and Organizing for
America urging them to call their senators, write letters to local
newspapers and show their support for Judge Sonia Sotomayor, according
to the Boston Globe.

In the e-mail Biden said, "Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation
hearings begin Monday, and that means we’re one step closer to getting
her on the Supreme Court."
According to the article, the e-mail also said:

"Since President Obama nominated her back in May, Judge Sotomayor’s
brilliance and unique legal qualifications have stood strong against
fierce scrutiny. Law enforcement officials have praised her
tough-mindedness and experience as a prosecutor and trial judge, and
just this week she earned the highest possible rating from the American
Bar Association. There’s no doubt — the President picked the right
person for the job.

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Next week, the Senate hearings will once again focus the press on
this historic nomination, and those who are desperate to play politics
with the President’s nominee will see this as their last, best chance.
Your support for Judge Sotomayor at this critical step will make a big

many women’s groups were happy when Obama picked Sotomayor for the
Supreme Court, they have not spent much time rallying for her
confirmation. An AP article
said that because of the few rulings she made on abortion, many
pro-choice advocates are not willing to support her. Other groups have
waited to support her until they know more about her record.

Melody Drnach, the vice president of the National Organization of Women, spoke to AP regarding Sotomayor.

"’We’re doing everything we can do in terms of supporting her,’" Drnach
said, adding that the group will soon step up its efforts behind the
scenes, counting votes for Sotomayor and lobbying if necessary to get
senators to support her. The group’s D.C. chapter plans a rally Monday
outside the confirmation hearings."

The New York Times
reported that at the hearings senators will questions about abortion,
race, gay rights and foreign law, but Sotomayor is not expected to
answer most of them. Instead she will stick the norm of avoiding
answers to questions regarding specific legal issues, but will praise
certain Supreme Court decisions.

"Here is the basic script: the nominee is expected to praise Brown v.
Board of Education, the 1954 decision barring segregation in public
schools; endorse a constitutional right to privacy without saying
whether it extends to abortion; and deplore cases like Dred Scott, the
1857 decision that said black people could be property but not
citizens, and Korematsu v. United States, the 1944 decision endorsing
internment camps for people of Japanese ancestry during World War II."

According to NYT,
Sotomayor has spent much of the past week preparing for the hearings
with Obama administration lawyers, being coached on how to answer
questions, and looking over briefing books and cases she reviewed as a

FDA One Step Approved by FDA

For the first time ever, women can prevent unintended pregnancy
after unprotected sex with one pill in one dose, according to a press

The Plan B One pill will be available over-the-counter at
pharmacies for women 17 years or older, but with a prescription for
girls under age 17.

In the press release, Kelli Conlin, President of the National
Institute for Reproductive Health, said, "This is a great day for
women’s reproductive health…With Plan B One-Step, women can now take
steps to prevent unintended pregnancy with just one pill in one dose."

It also said:

"Emergency Contraception (EC), also known as
the "morning after pill," is a safe and effective way to prevent
pregnancy after unprotected sex or the failure of other birth control methods. When used within 5 days
(120 hours) of unprotected sex or birth control failure, EC can
significantly reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy. EC is most
effective when taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex or the failure of other birth control methods."


Spanish Abortion Reform Causes Controversy

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spain’s
Socialist prime minister, has again upset the country’s mostly-Catholic
population. After legalizing gay marriage and implementing fast-track
divorce, he proposes to let 16-year-old girls get abortion without
their parents’ consent, according to a Taiwan News article.

One Spanish cardinal, Antonio Canizares, who works at the Vatican said abortion is worse than the sexual and other forms of child abuse by religious orders.

It says:

"Under the current law,
Spanish women can in theory go to jail for getting an abortion outside
certain strict limits _ up to week 12 in case of rape and week 22 if
the fetus is malformed. But abortion is in effect widely available
because women can assert mental distress as sole grounds for having an
abortion, regardless of how late the pregnancy is."


July 12: Houston Chronicle: What to watch for at Sotomayor hearing

July 12: Nyasa Times: Obstetric fistula acute in Malawi, experts call for help

July 12: Christian Post: Survey: More Americans Adopting Pro-Life Perspective

July 12: Cincinnati Enquirer: Embryo dispute detailed in lawsuit

July 13: Guardian: Universal family planning access

July 12: Vatican: Church Teaching on Abortion Unchanged

July 12: ABC 7 WJLA: Pro-life Activists Protest Sotomayor Confirmation

July 11: The Hour: Time for Democrats to Take a Stand on Abortion

July 11: Daily KOS: When Pro-Life Politics Comes Home to Roost.

July 1: ProWomanProLife:Sex, marriage and Meatloaf

July 12: Daily Press: New law allows cooperative adoptions

July 11: Moderate Voice: When Pro-Choice Meets Pro-Business

July 11: Feminists for Choice: Senate Pushes Forward a Permanent Ban on the Global Gag Rule

July 12: Times of India:Azad favours late marriages to curb population growth

July 12: Steamboat Pilot: Lisa Baker: Planned Parenthood is not the answer

July 10: NYTimes: Does Obama Have a Friend in the Vatican?

July 12: Concord Monitor: (Letter) Pro-life, pro-health

July 12: AP: Spain liberalizing, but teen abortion hits a nerve

July 11: Times Georgian: Haralson County official aids passing of state law allowing embryo adoption

July 11: Salt Lake Tribune: Legal experts from left and right weigh in on Sotomayor

July 11: Examiner: Should Evangelicals stop using contraceptives?

July 11: Birmingham Post: Pope pressures Obama over abortion

July 11: Beliefnet: Obama and the Pope – on abortion

July 12: Telegraph: What the hell did Ruth Bader Ginsburg mean when she linked abortion and eugenics?

July 11: Catholic News Agency: Readers shouldn’t ignore new encyclical’s pro-life content, Bill Donohue says

July 11: Times of India: TSRDS holds workshop on birth control

July 10: LifeSiteNews: Men’s Advice Website Column Tells Men How To Coerce Their Girlfriends To Abort

July 11: OneNewsNow: Film features history of pro-abortion violence

July 11: PR NewsWire: Sonia
Sotomayor and Abortion: Pro-Life Protests at Supreme Court and
Elsewhere Against Sotomayor July 11-14; Catholics Beg D.C. Archbishop
Wuerl to Withhold Communion from Catholic Senators Who Vote for

July 11: Inside Catholic: Making Babies: A Very Different Look at Natural Family Planning

July 11: Empire Chronicles:86% of Americans want abortion restrictions

July 11: Ocala: Can a Democrat be a good Catholic?

July 11: NYTimes: Path to Supreme Court: Speak Capably, Say Little

July 11: Times of India: Public awareness on family planning schemes needed: Azad

July 11: Metro Catholic:New Study Confirms that Pres. Obama’s DC Policy Will Increase Abortions Says Dr. Alveda King

July 11: Middletown Journal:Adoption programs on state chopping block

July 11: ABS CBN: Lack of political will linked to RP’s high maternal mortality

July 10: HuffPo: A Crisis of Deception: Crisis Pregnancy Centers, A Special Report

July 10: Politico: Barack Obama has first meeting with Pope Benedict XVI

July 11: Pocono Record: Address crisis by investing in women

July 10: Truthout: Committee Votes to Reverse Global Gag Rule

July 10: Alliance Alert: Michigan:Legislative bills endanger conscience, promote abortion and contraception

July 10: Catholic News Agency: CDF issues clarification on ‘therapeutic’ abortion after Brazil incident

July 10: Feminist Majority: Irish Women Challenge Abortion Ban

July 10: Baptist Press: The public health plan: a pro-life non-starter

July 10: AP: Women’s groups quiet on Sotomayor

July 9: Moderate Voice:A Win for Patients’ Rights on Contraception

July 10: Daily Mirror: Scientists would be better off researching birth control, rather than infertility problems

July 10: HuffPo: Finding Optimism on World Population Day

July 10: Pro-Choice America Praises House Subcommittee for Eliminating Funding for Failed ‘Abstinence-Only’ Program

July 10: Ghana News: Government urged to resource family planning programmes

July 10: ScienceBlogs: Microbiology and Abortion

July 10: Christian Science Monitor: Sustainable population, minus the control

July 10: Boston Globe: Americans divided on Sotomayor, expect fireworks

July 9: San Francisco Gate: Change cuts infections linked to abortion pill

July 9: Psychology Today: Adoption, Superman and the Primal Wound

July 10: Philadelphia Inquirer:A loss for abortion opponents

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