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As concerns grow that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor may not be a reliable pro-choice vote on the high court, President Barack Obama today attempted to calm fears of abortion rights advocates.
The president, who as a state senator opposed the Born Alive Infant Protection Act that mandates medical care for a living baby after a botched abortion attempt, said that even if Judge Sotomayor makes it through the confirmation process, her judicial career could still end suddenly.
"It's the job of the Senate Judiciary Committee to protect our Constitutional limits on 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' to ensure that unwanted fetuses don't usurp the rights which the Founders intended for post-umbilical citizens alone," said Obama.
"I don't have a litmus test. I don't know where Sonia stands on Roe v. Wade," he said, "I expect Democrats on the Judiciary Committee to aggressively draw her out on the issue. But if she survives that, she's not necessarily in the clear."
The White House legal team has reportedly developed several post-confirmation strategies the president could employ to "ensure the desired outcome."
"Although historically, we have allowed Supreme Court Justices to serve as long as they breathe, have a beating heart, vibrant brain waves or voluntary muscle movement," Obama said, "that doesn't mean we're doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. In any case, if during her hearings she starts to struggle and display pro-life tendencies, don't expect me to jump in with any last-gasp attempts to rescue her."
Examiner columnist Scott Ott is editor-in-chief of ScrappleFace.com, the family-friendly news satire site, and anchor of ScrappleFace Network News (SNN), seen on YouTube.