Apr 212010

In what can only be described as an exercise in futility, President Obama invited Democratic and Republican leaders from the Senate to the White House this morning to discuss his forthcoming Supreme Court nomination. It goes without saying that the Republicans are going to oppose whoever the President nominates. They have opposed everything else he has tried to do (and has done); why would they change now?

The President met briefly with the press just prior to the meeting. He was asked if he would use a woman’s right to choose as a ‘litmus test’ when selecting a nominee…

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.

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.

Good answer.

A full transcript of the press availability follows the break.

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