Obama appointee Sonia Sotomayor is drawing criticism after today’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court over a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks, which if upheld would overrule the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
Sotomayor likened unborn fetuses to people who are brain dead responding to stimuli, insinuating that just because a fetus moves does not mean it can feel pain or is worthy or being labeled a human life.
The comments seemed a bit crass, particularly when Sotomayor sited examples of dead people’s feet recoiling in response to a touch, even after they are dead.
J/SOTOMAYOR: "There is about 40% of dead people who if you touch their feet, the foot will recoil. There are spontaneous acts by dead-brain people. So I don't think that a response to- by a fetus necessarily proves that there's a sensation of pain or that there's consciousness." pic.twitter.com/wLg6P5z369
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) December 1, 2021
Fox News covered today’s oral arguments:
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected the idea that a fetus that has the ability to move and react to pain is a human life that should be protected from abortion.
“Virtually every state defines a brain death as death,” Sotomayor, appointed by former President Barack Obama, said during oral arguments in a potential landmark abortion rights case Wednesday, as the state of Mississippi defended an abortion restriction law that directly challenges Roe v. Wade.
“Yet, the literature is filled with episodes of people who are completely and utterly brain dead responding to stimuli,” Sotomayor continued. “There’s about 40 percent of dead people who, if you touch their feet, the foot will recoil. There are spontaneous acts by dead brain people. So I don’t think that a response to — by a fetus necessarily proves that there’s a sensation of pain or that there’s consciousness.”
Sotomayor also said that she believes the idea that a fetus is a human life is a “religious view.”
The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, centers on the law, which bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, much sooner than the current legal standard, which prohibits abortion bans prior to fetal viability — roughly 23 to 24 weeks into pregnancy.
Throughout the arguments, the justices alternated between examining not just the legal standards for abortion laws based on interests of women and protecting potential life, but also the court’s own interest in protecting itself from losing the faith of the public.
Sonia Sotomayor: "How is your interest anything but a religious view … that's a religious view … because it assumes that a fetus is life" pic.twitter.com/Rw9CndxLLC
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) December 1, 2021
Of course the critics were quick to denounce the comments but the most juicy reactions came from the leftist losers who are freaking out because they know one thing: Roe is likely DONE.
Their arguments and excuses for the practice just don’t hold up anymore. We have the internet now. We’ve seen the Planned Parenthood videos. We know about the trafficking. We know how sick these people are.
But despite all of that, I feel there has been a significant shift in the matrix over the past few years.
The fact they think abortion is justified because it would “inconvenience” the mother’s life just looks transparently selfish and it’s a worn out argument now that we’ve seen a peek behind the “abortion industry” curtain thanks to the blabbermouths at Planned Parenthood.
Don’t you love watching them squirm!
Y'all. Justice Sotomayor can count votes. She knows where this is headed… either viability is gone or Roe is gone.
Her questions are for the public… to let us know that abortion isn't the end. It's just beginning of the unraveling of these other rights of intimate life.
— Melissa Murray (@ProfMMurray) December 1, 2021
Justice Sotomayor on "forcing women who are poor" to proceed with unwanted pregnancies:
"Now the state is saying to these women, we can choose not only to physically complicate your existence, put you at medical risk, make you poorer by the choice, because we believe what?"
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 1, 2021
Do conservatives ever listen to themselves? When asked to produce science (as Sotomayor asked the forced birth lawyer) they spout pseudoscience. When they ask for data, as Roberts just did, and get it, they have to IGNORE IT because it doesn’t fit their narrative
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) December 1, 2021
once the Court eviscerates abortion rights (as it did with voting rights) perhaps the Dem Senate will create an exception to the filibuster for protection of constitutional rights, put Roe into statute and pass voting rights. Biden better use famed negotiating powers on Manchin
— Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) December 1, 2021
And my personal favorite WTF goal post shift…
Sotomayor: “the issue of when life begins has been hotly debated by philosophers, and it’s still debated by religions. That’s a religions issue, isn’t it?” DING DING DING
In Judaism, the fetus is regarded as part of the pregnant person’s body until birth. This is a 1A issue.
— Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) December 1, 2021
On thing I can say on that is:
My guess is they’re probably scared about what the Trump Department of Justice found on Planned Parenthood.
Like what were they doing with fetal parts?
Who were the BUYERs?
This story will surely continue to develop, so we’ll keep watching what happens. The real thing to look out for is the Left’s reaction.
I think that’s what most people are scared about. They are truly insane!