Matt C. Abbott
Pro-life attorney reacts to Sotomayor nomination; Abortion worker honored at White House
By Matt C. Abbott
May 27, 2009

Pro-life attorney Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm based in Chicago, offered the following comments in regard to President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to SCOTUS:

    'It's too soon for us to make any definitive assessment of this nomination, except to say that Judge Sotomayor does seem to have excellent academic credentials, having graduated from Princeton and Yale Law School, and her achieving such a high rank in the federal judiciary after coming from such humble and challenging circumstances merits the utmost respect and admiration of all her fellow American citizens.

    'We share in the great deal of pride that must be felt especially today by those Americans with Hispanic roots. We are a diverse people. Judge Sotomayor's nomination to our nation's highest court underscores anew that every American enjoys the liberty as well as the opportunity to reach for the sky and, with God's grace, dedication and hard effort, to achieve positions of the highest eminence in our society.

    'We have heard some very good things about Judge Sotomayor's record as a trial and appellate judge, and we have heard some things that have been roundly criticized. Among the good things we have heard are reports that she ruled against the Center for Reproductive Rights when it sought to overturn and ban an important pro-life initiative of the Bush Administration, and also that she has lent a sympathetic ear to First Amendment claims.

    'The Thomas More Society is now pursuing an extremely important appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn the decision of Illinois officials, one of whom was then-Illinois state senator Barack Obama, to deny over 25,000 Illinois citizens who had signed petitions for a 'Choose Life' Illinois specialty auto license plate the right to promote their cause — that of adoption — and to raise funds. This same right has been enjoyed by those who sponsor and sell over 60 other Illinois specialty plates on subjects ranging from protecting the environment to promoting organ donation to promoting the Masons or the Knights of Columbus. (A federal trial judge had ruled that denying the 'Choose Life' plate was 'viewpoint discrimination' in violation of the First Amendment, but this was overturned on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago, whose ruling was in direct conflict with a federal appellate court ruling on the Arizona 'Choose Life' plate.)

    'No judge is perfect, but we are hopeful that Judge Sotomayor, if confirmed and sitting as the high court's newest justice next October, will prove hospitable to our appeal and will serve a long and distinguished tenure, deciding cases on their merits.'

According to Operation Rescue:

    'Gold Star Mother Betty Pulliam, who lost a son in Vietnam, now works to take the lives of other women's sons and daughters at George Tiller's late-term abortion mill in Wichita, Kansas. Yesterday [May 25], she breakfasted with President Obama and was honored in our nation's capital as part of a Memorial Day observance.

    'This is yet another connection between Obama and late-term abortionist George Tiller. Obama's new Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, had close connections with Tiller. Pulliam was among those who were honored by Sebelius at a party held in Tiller's honor at the Kansas governor's mansion.

    'Pulliam, 83, volunteers her time at Tiller's clinic on busy abortion days. She told the Wichita Eagle of her role as a Gold Star Mother: 'You really don't want to belong to this club because in order to belong to this club, you have to lose a child. So nobody wants to belong to it.'

    ''How ironic that Pulliam could make such a statement when she has dedicated a large portion of her life to insuring that other women lose their children to abortion. It is hypocrisy at best, and perhaps stems from some sick need to make sure that other women suffer as she has,' said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.'

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at

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