prolife protester sotomayor.jpgAltogether, 5 protesters – all pro-life – have disrupted Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, 4 yesterday and 1 today. On page 2 were yesterday’s. Two came during Franken’s statement (last clip), 1 of those being Norma McCorvey, aka Roe in Roe v. Wade

Some here have complained about the disruptions. I happen to think they’re fine, good even. Here’s Gregg Cunningham’s take, president of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform:

Yesterday, at least 3 protesters disrupted the Sotomayor confirmation hearings by shouting out references to the invisible elephant in the hearing room: Abortion.

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I say bravo! It is important that we remind the American people that Judge Sotomayor is a baby-killer. Bellowing that fact is consistent with the tactics of the abolitionists who would follow bounty hunters (chasing fugitive slaves) into restaurants and loudly announce the presence of these slave catchers, urging the owners and patrons of the restaurant to have nothing to do with them.
I supported this disruptive tactic during Mr. Obama’s delivery of the commencement address at Notre Dame and I support it at the Sotomayor hearings. It is civil disobedience of the most commendable sort. Someone has to say it and if we wait for Lindsey Graham, Ms. Sotomayor may be allowed to get away with finessing the abortion elephant. We can’t stop her but we can make certain that she and her fellow travelers feel the sting of public censure.

And here is what Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, wrote on AUL’s blog yesterday:

This morning’s start to the Sotomayor hearings featured multiple references to the life issue, underscoring what we expected – that life would be a hot-button issue with this nominee.

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The above-the-fold “news” on life coming out of the morning, however, was the interruption of the proceedings twice from pro-life protesters. While I think it’s important to observe the decorum of a formal hearing and give due respect to the Senate, the protesters’ passion does underscore what we have been saying in our meetings with senators: The grassroots are paying attention to these hearings. They want to see careful, rigorous questioning of this nominee. Most importantly, as I told Politico, we are all “looking for heroes” – people who are willing to stand on principle, uncowed by challenging political circumstances.

[Top photo attribution: AP; middle photo attribution: CBS News; bottom photo attribution: The Guardian]

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