… John G. Roberts.
To quote from Todd S. Purdum’s NY Times article (President’s Choice of Roberts, 50, Ends a Day of Speculation):
- “Abortion rights groups fault [Roberts] for arguing, as deputy solicitor general for the first Bush administration in 1990, in favor of a government regulation banning abortion-related counseling in federally financed family planning programs.
He also helped write a brief then that restated the administration’s opposition to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established the constitutional right to abortion, contending, “We continue to believe that Roe was wrongly decided and should be overruled.”
But when pressed in his 2003 confirmation hearings for his own views, he said: “Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land,” and added, “There’s nothing in my personal views that would prevent me from fully and faithfully applying that precedent.”
That doesn’t exactly fill a woman with confidence, but it doesn’t make you run for your shot-gun, either. We’ll have to watch, and keep our fingers crossed.