AUL President: No, Judge Sotomayor, the PRLDEF Is Not in the ‘Mainstream’

Posted: Jul 15, 2009 2:16 PM

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, Americans United for Life President & CEO, has this statement on today’s questioning of Judge Sonia Sotomayor by Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn:

“Sen. Coburn asked good, probing questions today related to abortion jurisprudence. Judge Sotomayor’s response that the ‘issue becomes one of state regulations,’ points us directly back to her record of service with the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF).

“The question of state regulation of abortion connects her PRLDEF record with her judicial philosophy. Unfortunately, Judge Sotomayor is seeming to forget or purposefully mislead the committee on her pro-abortion record, particularly as it relates to legislatively-passed regulations on abortion.

“The totality of her record and judicial approach to the law is unequivocal. As a 12-year board member of PRLDEF, in association with that organization’s legal strategy, she opposed any and every example of common-sense abortion regulation, including parental notification, informed consent and bans on partial-birth abortion, as well as advocating for mandatory taxpayer funding of abortion. PRLDEF asserted under her watch and in multiple briefs that abortion was a fundamental right, akin to the enumerated Constitutional protections of free speech. A vote for Judge Sotomayor is a vote for unrestricted abortion-on-demand without any common-sense restrictions — a position far outside the mainstream of the American public.”

See AUL’s detailed information on Sotomayor’s involvement with the PRLDEF and the organization’s aggressive abortion advocacy.