by Marcia Greenberger, Co-President,
National Women's Law Center
We at the National Women's Law Center, like you, care deeply about the Supreme Court. A few weeks ago, we invited you to become a part of the important upcoming Supreme Court nomination process by letting us know what issues matter to you and what you want to learn more about as we approach Judge Sotomayor's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, which start on July 13.
We appreciate that you've let us know what you think, and are looking forward to continuing this conversation as we approach the hearings.
As soon as we asked for your questions for Judge Sotomayor, we got a tremendous response. We received a wide variety of questions and comments, as would be expected, since the Supreme Court's decisions touch every aspect of women's lives in this country.
Many of your questions focused on the constitutional right to privacy, which prevents the government from interfering in decisions about whether to bear children and also protects many other aspects of Americans' daily lives, including keeping medical records private, living with members of one's family, and having consensual adult sexual relations. Many of you also wanted to ask Judge Sotomayor about her views on civil rights protections and protections against discrimination on the job and in school.
Since you understand the wide range of issues that come before the Supreme Court, you also wanted to ask Judge Sotomayor about her views on combating violence against women and children; immigration; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights/marriage equality; the role of religion in judicial decision-making; health care reform; and foreign policy. You also wanted to know how she would approach interpreting the Constitution.
Some of the most frequently asked questions include:
- "Do you interpret the Constitution as providing a right to privacy?"
- "How will you review and make legal decisions on cases pertaining to discrimination in the workplace?"
- "Do you think the Constitution provides equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people?"
- "How important is the separation of church and state in the Constitution?"
These are all important issues, and this is an important conversation for the women in this country to be having. As we continue to prepare briefing materials and recommended questions for members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, let's keep this conversation going: please keep sending in your questions and comments.
And stay tuned — as we get closer to the hearings, we'll be providing materials and discussion questions. In addition, the week of July 13, we will be tracking the hearings closely and posting regular updates here and on Twitter. We'll be looking forward to getting your take on the hearings as well.