Supremes: John G. Roberts on Roe v. Wade

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Here is the money graf from today's Wall Street Journal story about the nomination of John G. Roberts, the Supreme Court short-lister with the shortest tenure on the bench:

"Business leaders who recently began reviewing the records of the White House finalist list also had placed Judge Roberts at the top of their candidate lists. After leaving the White House in 1993, Judge Roberts practiced telecommunications, energy and other business law in private practice."

But the more top-of-mind question this morning concerns Roberts's stance on abortion rights. Here are his two most publicized public statements on the subject:

"We continue to believe that Roe was wrongly decided and should be overruled."
--from a case brief written during Roberts's 1989-93 tenure as a Bush I deputy solicitor general


"Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land. ...There's nothing in my personal views that would prevent me from fully and faithfully applying that precedent."
--from Roberts's 2003 Senate confirmation hearing


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