President Obama was asked about the replacement for Justice Stevens he responded:
THE PRESIDENT: You know, I am somebody who believes that women should have the ability to make often very difficult decisions about their own bodies and issues of reproduction. Obviously this has been a hugely contentious issue in our country for a very long time. I will say the same thing that every President has said since this issue came up, which is I don't have litmus tests around any of these issues.Nice, very nice--but of course, its sad when acknowledging that women have the right to make their own medical decisions and their bodily integrity is their own is considered a controversial statement. Remember folks, elections matter! The Supreme Court is stacked with Conservatives and Roe hangs by a thread! Also, did you know that with Steven's retirement, he's the last Protestant Christian on the court? The court is all Catholic with one Jewish member. I'm not an anti-Catholic person or anything, but I do think that more diversity on the court is important, as is racial and gender diversity. An Atheist might be nice--or a Hindu, Quaker, etc. Are their any African-American, Lesbian Unitarians fit for the appointment? Okay, I'll settle for someone who interprets the Constitution as the Progressive and Rights-Conferring document it is.
But I will say that I want somebody who is going to be interpreting our Constitution in a way that takes into account individual rights, and that includes women's rights. And that's going to be something that's very important to me, because I think part of what our core Constitution -- constitutional values promote is the notion that individuals are protected in their privacy and their bodily integrity, and women are not exempt from that.