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July 19, 2005

The worst kind of wingnut

This is all you need to know about Bush’s Supreme Court nominee. From a report published by the Alliance for Justice when Bush picked Roberts for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2003:

[Roberts] has a record of hostility to the rights of women and minorities. He has also taken controversial positions in favor of weakening the separation of church and state and limiting the role of federal courts in protecting the environment. The Alliance for Justice opposes his nomination to the D.C. Circuit.
… While working under Presidents Reagan and Bush, Mr. Roberts supported a hard-line, anti-civil rights policy that opposed affirmative action, would have made it nearly impossible for minorities to prove a violation of the Voting Rights Act and would have “resegregated” America’s public schools. He also took strongly anti-choice positions in two Supreme Court cases, one that severely resticted the ability of poor women to gain information about abortion services, and another that took away a key means for women and clinics to combat anti-abortion zealots.

NARAL Pro-Choice America spells out Roberts’ position on Roe v. Wade:

As Deputy Solicitor Roberts argued in a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court (in a case that did not implicate Roe v. Wade) that “[w]e continue to believe that Roe was wrongly decided and should be overruled… [T]he Court’s conclusion in Roe that there is a fundamental right to an abortion… finds no support in the text, structure, or history of the Constitution.”

Nice. And of course wholly predictable. You can read the Alliance for Justice report here, and find the NARAL report here.

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