Sonia Sotomayor never served as a small claims court judge, traffic court judge, juvenile court judge, or as a family court judge. She’s also never served as a judge at any state, county, or municipal levels.
Regardless, she got her first shot at wearing the black robes from RINO president George H.W. Bush in 1991 when he nominated her to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Other than having zero judicial experience before assuming a federal judgeship, Sotomayor is also suffering from quite the Black Hole in her understanding of the medical advancements in regard to the basic humanity of unborn children.
Kind of bad timing for Sotomayor, especially in light that the SCOTUS is smack dab in the middle of hearing Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which addresses Mississippi’s limit on abortion after 15 weeks. The Court is being asked to overturn the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade and 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
While the Supreme Court is knee-deep in court stuff… enter Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, M.D., a Senior Fellow for The Catholic Association, who is… to put it bluntly… just body slamming Sotomayor for her absolute refusal to properly prepare herself with the amicus briefing reports that Dr. Christie and two other female medical doctors (a neonatologist and an obstetrician) provided to all Justices so they would be up to speed on the particular topic of the day.
Specifically, the current SCOTUS proceedings were scheduled to be centered on “detailing advances in fetal science that have happened since 1973.”
But in a Newsweek article penned by Dr. Christie via MSN,com news, Dr. Christie held little back by stating of Sotomayor (emphasis mine);
During oral arguments, Justice Sotomayor displayed abysmal ignorance of the most basic scientific and medical facts about developing human life.
Needless to say, things when downhill from there. Also cited on the Newsweek piece (emphasis mine);
The exchange came right after Mississippi’s solicitor general Scott Stewart argued it was no longer appropriate to use fetal viability (the gestational age at which a prematurely-born infant can survive in an intensive care unit) as the point after which states can protect an unborn child from elective abortion. He said this was due—in part—to 30 years of medical advances. In a piqued, incredulous tone, Sotomayor demanded to know just “What are the advancements in medicine?” As Stewart began to list them, mentioning new knowledge of fetal pain, the Justice abruptly cut him off.
Our brief and others document the medical and scientific advances Mr. Stewart was referring to, in language easily accessible to lay people and rigorously sourced in the latest scientific journals and currently accepted medical practices. It’s there for anyone with eyes—or the will—to see.
Sotomayor vigorously rejected Stewart’s reference to advances in our understanding of fetal pain. She claimed that only an eccentric “small fringe” believes fetal pain exists “before 24, 25 weeks.” She could not have been more wrong. A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that a fully developed cortex is not necessary for the transmission of pain sensations, which may be present as early as 12 weeks.
In fact, physicians routinely protect their youngest patients—fetal and premature—from pain. A baby born at 21 or 22 weeks receives anesthesia routinely during any intervention. Anything less would be considered barbaric. The same goes for fetal surgeries performed in the second trimester, in which the fetus is removed from the uterus, anesthetized and operated on, and then returned to finish growing inside her mother.
Whatever doubts existed in 1973 about the humanity of the fetus (and embryo) or its being “alive” from the moment of conception have been put to rest. The distinct DNA profile of an embryo and its self-directedness in the matter of development are clear biological markers for human life, and are recognized as such by biologists and physicians worldwide. A fetus is also fully human in the scientific sense that the human DNA that distinguishes us from all other living beings, and remains unchanged throughout our lives, is established at our conception.
In the meantime, the Washington Times (via CatholicCulture.org) is reporting on some very interesting recent quotes coming from not only Sotomayor, but also from her colleague, Elana Kagan (emphasis mine);
Justice Sonia Sotomayor questioned whether the Court would “survive the stench” if, as widely expected, the majority upholds the Mississippi law that bans abortion after the fetus is viable.
Justice Elena Kagan made the claim that “not much has changed” regarding fetal viability since the Roe decision in 1973. In fact, at the time of Roe, the accepted standard for fetal viability was 28 weeks into pregnancy; it is now 23 weeks, with some babies surviving birth as early as 21 weeks.
Keep in mind that much like Sotomayor, Kagan never served as a judge at any state, county, or municipal levels.
Even worse than Sotomayor, the never married, cigar-smoking, pro-abortion Kagan never served as a judge at any level until she was nominated by Barack Hussein Obama and confirmed by a Democrat-controlled Senate in 2010 to become an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States.