July 14, 2009 -Congressman Trent Franks(AZ-02) made the following statement today in response to comments made by JudgeSonia Sotomayorduring herSenate confirmation hearing:
"Judge Sotomayor stated today during her confirmation hearing that she considers the right to abortion to be 'settled law.' I would remind Judge Sotomayor that the right to own a slave was once considered 'settled law.' TheDred Scottdecisionby theSupreme Courtsaid that the black man was property and not a person under theConstitution, and therefore that blacks 'had no rights that the white man was bound to respect.'
"Such reasoning resulted in the enslavement of millions ofAfrican Americansand was made evident again in theRoe v. Wadedecision, resulting to date in the death of nearly 50millionunborn children."
"Thankfully, opponents of slavery did not share Judge Sotomayor's view that settled law must always prevail even at the expense of the most basic foundational truth of all: the fundamental right of every man, woman, and child-- even the unborn child-- to live. This right must necessarily come before every otherConstitutional right, because without the right to live, every other right becomes meaningless. When a Judicial precedent allegedly grounded in Constitutional moorings violates that clear, inviolable principle, it is the precedent, not the Constitutional principle that must be vacated.
"It astounds me and should cause my colleagues in the Senate deep concern that Judge Sotomayor is unable to find the basic right to life within the Constitution, and yet believes that abortion-on-demand is settledConstitutional law.