Wednesday, July 27, 2005

John Roberts, Part 2

Between 1989 and 1993, under President George H.W. Bush, John Roberts served as Deputy Solicitor General. While in this job, he argued 39 cases for the government before the Supreme Court, winning 25.

It was at this time that John Roberts was listed as the third coauthor on a brief before the Supreme Court in Rust v. Sullivan, 500 U.S. 173 (1991), which defended a Department of Health and Human Services regulation which prohibited recipients of funding under the Public Health Service Act from not only providing abortions, but also counselling, advising, or promoting the idea that a woman seek an abortion. An excerpt from the brief:

"We continue to believe that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be overruled. As more fully explained in our briefs, filed as amicus curiae, in Hodgson v. Minnesota, 110 S. Ct. 2926 (1990); Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 109 S. Ct. 3040 (1989); Thornburgh v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 476 U.S. 747 (1986); and City of Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health, 462 U.S. 416 (1983), the Court's conclusions in Roe that there is a fundamental right
to an abortion and that government has no compelling interest in protecting prenatal human life throughout pregnancy find no support in the text, structure, or history of the Constitution."

Roberts has written that "he would also like to point out that his views as a commentator on those cases do not necessarily reflect his views as an advocate for his former client, the United States."

If there were more pertaining to his views in this area, I would post it. I'm still looking.

So does John Roberts believe in right to privacy? We still don't know.


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