Video: Anti-abortion protester disrupts Sotomayor hearing

posted at 1:50 pm on July 13, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

It didn’t take long for the first disruption of the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearing to occur. An anti-abortion protester shouted about “unborn Latinos,” bringing Senator Dianne Feinstein’s questioning to a momentary halt:


The second disruption occured a couple of hours later; I’ll add the video to this post as soon as I get it.

I oppose abortion, but is this the correct strategy to fight it? We regularly roll our eyes at the Code Pink protests at Congressional hearings when they disrupt proceedings. They even got on Barney Frank’s nerves in March. These disruptions marginalize the legitimate efforts by pro-life activists to end the millions of abortions in the US.

As Life News attests, we need to emphasize the mainstream credibility of pro-life views in this administration:

During a Senate committee meeting on Friday, a leading pro-abortion senator was forced to admit that one of the health care bills pending in the Senate will include abortion coverage. After the admission, the Senate panel voted to include abortions in that version of a national health care plan.

Three pro-life senators used Thursday’s Senate HELP Committee meeting to force the leadership’s hand on its agenda of including abortion in a public health care plan.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, stammered her way through an explanation of an amendment to the health care bill that would cover abortion.

When pressed by Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, she admitted that her language would force health insurance companies to contract with abortion groups like Planned Parenthood.

We need to keep pressing Congress to keep from expanding abortion in the US, especially by providing taxpayer funding for it, as Obamacare will do in a public plan if it follows the rules set forth for private-sector insurance.


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Interesting calculus:

These disruptions marginalize the legitimate efforts by pro-life activists to end the millions of abortions in the US.

And yet, anti-war protests (incuding hilariously awkward “peace mom” Cindy Sheehan) won back the democrats congress in 2006 or something*

*information from MS-NBC

battleoflepanto1571 on July 13, 2009 at 1:57 PM

You know, I have no more patience for this kind of thing when pro-lifers do it than when Code Pink does it.

guntotinglibertarian on July 13, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Democrats cheered when Code Pink interrupted hearings.

For them to condemn these interruptions would be nothing but hypocrisy.

Me? I think both sides interrupting hearings are idiotic.

Enoxo on July 13, 2009 at 1:58 PM

That’s Senator baby killer to you, sir!

NoDonkey on July 13, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Wait until Boxer or Feinstein drops in a last-minute provision for euthanizing undesirables and those who have gone beyond their “usefulness” to society.

We know Ginsburg would uphold it.

Bishop on July 13, 2009 at 1:59 PM

I oppose abortion, but is this the correct strategy to fight it?

Looking like a jackass is rarely a good strategy.

Pablo on July 13, 2009 at 2:02 PM

We are not going to win the hearts and minds of people by making fools out of ourselves. I think it is a natural for Obama to want abortions covered in his Obamacare plan and that is where we should focus our fire.

fourdeucer on July 13, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Ed, we roll our eyes b/c its Code Pink and they’re morons…not b/c disruptions are necessarily ineffective.

bluelightbrigade on July 13, 2009 at 2:03 PM

I oppose abortion, but is this the correct strategy to fight it?

Of course not. And technically, it’s a tactic. A tactic set out to only prove one’s lunacy.

anuts on July 13, 2009 at 2:05 PM

We need to keep pressing Congress to keep from expanding abortion in the US, especially by providing taxpayer funding for it, as Obamacare will do in a public plan if it follows the rules set forth for private-sector insurance.

Come on Ed, don’t you know it’s the government’s job to provide people with their rights like getting an abortion!!!

/sarc

My guess under Obamacare:
Waiting time for an abortion: 1 day
Average waiting time for surgery in general: 3 months.

gwelf on July 13, 2009 at 2:05 PM

We need to keep pressing Congress to keep from expanding abortion in the US, especially by providing taxpayer funding for it, as Obamacare will do in a public plan if it follows the rules set forth for private-sector insurance.

Though, I’ve got to admit I had the thought that Obamacare could result in less abortions as ‘services’ in general become more scarce – but then I realized that abortions are readily and easily available in Canada and Europe…

gwelf on July 13, 2009 at 2:06 PM

It didn’t take long for the first disruption of the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearing to occur. An anti-abortion protester shouted about “unborn Latinos,” bringing Senator Dianne Feinstein’s questioning to a momentary halt:

The hearing was aborted?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 13, 2009 at 2:07 PM

I fail to see any difference between the death camps of WW2, and the death factories of “Planned Parenthood.” Once again, the destroyers of children in the womb have to use euphemisms in order to minimalize what they really do.

I don’t know how anybody associated with this infanticide can look at themselves in the mirror. And yet, as time goes by, the abortionists become more and more institutionalized, because of the Socialist death grip of the executive and the legislative branches.

These people want no mention of God in the public forum – yet they will demand that:

language would force health insurance companies to contract with abortion groups like Planned Parenthood.

And the extermination continues.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 13, 2009 at 2:08 PM

The hearing was aborted?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 13, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Ha! Or was it a pregnant pause?

anuts on July 13, 2009 at 2:09 PM

My guess under Obamacare:
Waiting time for an abortion: 1 day
Average waiting time for surgery in general: 3 months.

gwelf on July 13, 2009 at 2:05 PM

I’m waiting for the White House to announce that abortion will now be called _____.

sherry on July 13, 2009 at 2:09 PM

The hearing was aborted?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 13, 2009 at 2:07 PM

LOL!!

Ed Morrissey on July 13, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 13, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Sen. Boxer earned it, of course.

:]

bluelightbrigade on July 13, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Being pro-life is usually a cradle to grave proposition and if abortion is going to be covered I don’t have any doubt some of us will be assisted to the grave.

fourdeucer on July 13, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Lindsey Graham told us he’s going to rubber stamp this thing and the Democrats continually tell us this unqualified jackass will certainly get confirmed.

So what’s the point of this waste of time hearing? To see if this dope, whose undoubtedly been coached for weeks to just not say anything completely stupid, trips up?

This is a worthless hearing and there is not a single thing that could lend it less dignity. Our Congress is a complete fiasco and a joke.

NoDonkey on July 13, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Plus, ObamaCare now covers abortions

This is so they can state that some services have not been rationed.

Jed_Eckert on July 13, 2009 at 2:12 PM

These planted fools who jump up and disrupt do more damage than help. Just shut up and do something constructive to effect the change you want done.

portlandon on July 13, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Feinstein then got back to asking Sotomayor some tough questions, like, “Why are you so awesome?”

Jim Treacher on July 13, 2009 at 2:13 PM

I’m waiting for the White House to announce that abortion will now be called _____.
sherry on July 13, 2009 at 2:09 PM

A Domestic Contingency Operation.

Children in the womb are treated worse than we are allowed to treat foreign terrorists; we serve gourmet meals to killers and chop babies into hash.

Bishop on July 13, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Feinstein then got back to asking Sotomayor some tough questions, like, “Why are you so awesome?”

Jim Treacher on July 13, 2009 at 2:13 PM
Nothing cunningly linquistic in Feinsteins support for Sotomayor.

fourdeucer on July 13, 2009 at 2:15 PM

I have no problem with these people standing up and being heard. Like I said previously, I see no difference between the death camps of WW2, and the death factories of Planned Parenthood.

If only the Germans had risen up, spoken out and stopped the berserk path of their people.

Abortion is just as perverted, and just as berserk.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 13, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Ed, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Good Americans are fed up with D.C. bi-party plutocrats who ignore us at every turn. Take your country club decorum and shove it. These a-holes need to be shaken up at every opportunity.

Fletch54 on July 13, 2009 at 2:16 PM

I oppose abortion, but is this the correct strategy to fight it? We regularly roll our eyes at the Code Pink protests at Congressional hearings when they disrupt proceedings. They even got on Barney Frank’s nerves in March. These disruptions marginalize the legitimate efforts by pro-life activists to end the millions of abortions in the US.

I used to agree with your position. That the rule of law was all about doing things properly and that included not disrupting Senate hearings for racist radicals even though she what little we know about her position on abortion makes it more likely than not the killing will not stop anytime soon.

No more. After watching this corrupt administration break the nation up as political spoils for his cronys. The UAW getting the auto industry, his fat cat contributors gettting good deals in through the bank deals. The fact that Barney Frank and Chris Dodd are as guilty as anyone at Fannie/Freddie for the collapse of the housing market…. After all that spending and socialism in six months I say any group that has a legitimate cause should go for it by whatever means necessary. The hell with playing by the rules when the filthy liar in the White House and his corrupt party never did. Time for the social issues to get an airing that doesn’t start with a partisan whore like Feinstein framing the debate.

highhopes on July 13, 2009 at 2:16 PM

I also wonder if Obamacare is going to be cross-bred with affirmative action and we’ll see racial quotas on healthcare.

“We have one more spot for the spinal surgery but it has to go to a black lesbian.”

“We had to postpone your spinal surgery because the operating room and anaesthesia staff is needed right now to perform a sex change.”

gwelf on July 13, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Bishop on July 13, 2009 at 2:15 PM

If babies are killed out of convenience, how convenient are terrorists?

They made a bit of a nuisance of themselves on 9/11, didn’t they?

Just a little less convenient than a trip to the store to pick up some extra diapers, but who am I to judge?

NoDonkey on July 13, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Did DiFi give ‘em the “stare of death”?

mojo on July 13, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Good Americans are fed up with D.C. bi-party plutocrats who ignore us at every turn.

Fletch54 on July 13, 2009 at 2:16 PM

I couldn’t agree more. Well said.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 13, 2009 at 2:17 PM

You know, I have no more patience for this kind of thing when pro-lifers do it than when Code Pink does it.

guntotinglibertarian on July 13, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Ditto. Those who do this just look like fringe nutters to me.

rbj on July 13, 2009 at 2:19 PM

We need to keep pressing Congress to keep from expanding abortion in the US, especially by providing taxpayer funding for it, as Obamacare will do in a public plan if it follows the rules set forth for private-sector insurance.

Yeah because Congress has been so responsive to pressure from pro-lifers to date. Face it, this is one battle that has already been lost because the special interests have bought the Democrats outright.

highhopes on July 13, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Ya, all those anti-war protesters disrupting Congress really de-legitimized them, didn’t it?

JohnJ on July 13, 2009 at 2:20 PM

And yet, anti-war protests (incuding hilariously awkward “peace mom” Cindy Sheehan) won back the democrats congress in 2006 or something*

*information from MS-NBC

battleoflepanto1571 on July 13, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Sometimes I feel as if we on the right are sitting in an HQ in the the 1700s arguing about whether it is ok to intercept enemy communications, or if gentlemen don’t read each other’s mail…

18-1 on July 13, 2009 at 2:20 PM

I don’t like this disruption business and it does make the pro-life side look bad, but I think a lot of people are done caring what people think about them.

Good Americans are fed up with D.C. bi-party plutocrats who ignore us at every turn.

Fletch54 on July 13, 2009 at 2:16 PM

+1 We are nearing a tipping point.

BakerAllie on July 13, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Republicans saying … “My dear friend” and “My esteemed colleague” … while they get run over by those same people … and the extermination continues.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 13, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Ditto. Those who do this just look like fringe nutters to me.

rbj on July 13, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Disrupting proceedings is a legitimate form of social disobedience. I think it one that should be practiced with restraint but the fact of the matter is your idea of a “fringe nutter” could really be somebody taking a principled stand on an issue. You think a whore like Feinstein was going to grill the radical racist nominee about abortion to any valid degree? Of course not!!! The answers that Sotomayor gives will all be formulaic and vague. She will never outright answer the questions about her racist comments, affiliations, and rulings. In the end it doesn’t matter so why not have somebody so passionate about the issue of killing off unborn life take a stand in the Senate. It certainly is a better way to express outrage than blowing up a clinic.

highhopes on July 13, 2009 at 2:27 PM

The only positive thing coming out of this hearing is that it’s keeping members of Congress from passing some other bill that they haven’t read. I’m all for it going on for the rest of the month…

texabama on July 13, 2009 at 2:29 PM

We are nearing a tipping point.

BakerAllie on July 13, 2009 at 2:21 PM

IMO, the conditions are pretty well set for a huge backlash at DC and the political class that is more interested in getting re-elected than the concerns of their constituencies. All that is needed now is THE issue that is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. The McCain/Kennedy Amnesty plot was pretty close but not quite there. In the current environment with an unreliable and untrustworthy Chief Executive, a run-amok Congress that has spent billions with nothing to show for it and no way of tracking it, and a massive push for socialism…..

I’m thinking it is only a matter of months before we have that tipping point.

highhopes on July 13, 2009 at 2:33 PM

I’m sure it’s one of Axelrod’s people.

LibTired on July 13, 2009 at 2:33 PM

I oppose abortion, but is this the correct strategy to fight it?

Of course not. And technically, it’s a tactic. A tactic set out to only prove one’s lunacy.

anuts on July 13, 2009 at 2:05 PM

A tactic, yes, but one designed to demonstrate passionate opposition. Call it what it is, then attack it from that standpoint.

spmat on July 13, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Feinstein then got back to asking Sotomayor some tough questions, like, “Why are you so awesome?”

Jim Treacher on July 13, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Later they’re going to get their nails done and talk about boys!

TheUnrepentantGeek on July 13, 2009 at 2:36 PM

If abortion is all about a woman’s right to choose, why should her choices be limited to terminating intra-uterine children? That’s just not fair.

Until women are free to choose to terminate extra-uterine children they will remain oppressed second-class citizens. Nancy, Diane and Sonya should be leading this fight.

As an added social benefit, when women are finally fully free to choose everyone will be nicer to their moms.

lonesomecharlie on July 13, 2009 at 2:36 PM

I couldn’t see what he was wearing, so it’s hard to tell if what this protester did is more tasteless than Code Pink

Joking aside, that sort of behavior is unnecessary.

Glenn Jericho on July 13, 2009 at 2:48 PM

they are probably dems plants

tomas on July 13, 2009 at 2:55 PM

A tactic, yes, but one designed to demonstrate passionate opposition. Call it what it is, then attack it from that standpoint.

spmat on July 13, 2009 at 2:35 PM

I don’t even know if I am accurately ‘attacking it’. To whom was this person’s opposition directed? What was it about this forum, subject, and particular instance that compelled this person to act out? It was an aimless, irrelevant and therefore irrational outburst.

I am passionately opposed to lunacy. It was the behavior that I am describing; not the position.

anuts on July 13, 2009 at 3:08 PM

that sort of behavior is unnecessary.

Glenn Jericho on July 13, 2009 at 2:48 PM

So how does somebody that is passionate about not killing off life get through the gatekeepers that keep the masses at bay from political whores like Feinstein? E-mails and calls don’t work. There is no such thing as a legitimate town hall to ask politicians about the issues (Obama has just been extremely clumsy with his plants).

I ask you, what the hell is wrong with a little disruption if it means we are talking about it beyond the few seconds it occurred? Sometimes behaving badly is the only way to get things done.

highhopes on July 13, 2009 at 3:11 PM

I’d love to see more disruption of congressional proceedings from any source. Anything that keeps those useless, progressive morons from accomplishing anything, is a general good in by book. Nearly everything they’ve done in recent history has added to the burden on society, and taken from liberty and self determination.

aelhues on July 13, 2009 at 3:13 PM

I’m with highhopes. The whacko fringe in that room was seated at the table.

Chris_Balsz on July 13, 2009 at 3:13 PM

I don’t agree with anyone disrupting the hearings of any nominee, but I sort of enjoy seeing Leahy’s blood pressure rise a few points.

d1carter on July 13, 2009 at 3:16 PM

highhopes on July 13, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Agree, these corrupt and incompetent Democrats have staffers who shield them from their constituents, a press that throws them nothing but softballs and donors who kiss their butts in order to rake in billions later.

Our Congress doesn’t listen to us – they listen to a very small fraction of the people. They cement themselves into office like monarchs. Elections are mere formalities.

Congressmen don’t deserve the respect of Americans, they traded it away for trinkets and beads. That Barney Frank and Chris Dodd are still in Congress after destroying our economy, speaks volumes.

NoDonkey on July 13, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Contrary to the rumors, that was NOT me.

But I wish it was.

Sapwolf on July 13, 2009 at 3:20 PM

This is how the mortgage meltdown started. Some noisy protestors disturbed peace and quiet at banks and by many years later, banks were lending to prevent disturbance. Lending without down payments and without loan applications.

seven on July 13, 2009 at 3:21 PM

This is how the mortgage meltdown started. Some noisy protestors disturbed peace and quiet at banks and by many years later, banks were lending to prevent disturbance. Lending without down payments and without loan applications.

seven on July 13, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Don’t compare speaking up on behalf of innocent babies who can’t speak up for themselves to pressuring banks for easy mortgages.

Ridiculous analogy and not worthy of HA.

Sapwolf on July 13, 2009 at 3:36 PM

The folks in the gallery don’t mean squat. Now if a Senator jumped up and down and made a fuss they just might get to keep their chair.

Limerick on July 13, 2009 at 3:49 PM

I do not believe in abortion…. however, in the case of the radical democrats in congress and one particularily in Kenya, I would have been all for it at the time their mothers conceived them.

suzyk on July 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

I oppose abortion, but is this the correct strategy to fight it?

Because we’ve been so successful so far!

If only we could control the WH and both chambers… er… well… oh, nevermimd.

mankai on July 13, 2009 at 4:22 PM

I oppose abortion, but is this the correct strategy to fight it? We regularly roll our eyes at the Code Pink protests at Congressional hearings when they disrupt proceedings. They even got on Barney Frank’s nerves in March. These disruptions marginalize the legitimate efforts by pro-life activists to end the millions of abortions in the US.

Well said. Outbursts like this make us look as bad as the code pink wackos.

DFCtomm on July 13, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Gawd, look at this threads picture. I spot both my U.S. Senators, Kohl& Feingold. What a great pair of human solid waste material they make. Both heavily pro-abortion Jews. Talk about your hypocrites. Jews supporting the American Holocaust. Now Kohl is otherwise harmless. I don’t think he’s ever accomplished anything. He grew up with a silver spoon thanks to mommy & daddy in the grocery and eventually department store businesses he sold. He basically keeps getting elected because he owns the Bucks.
The other guy Feingold is more dangerous. He’s directly from the Madison Communist Party area of Wisconsin. A true enclave of leftists and anarchists that would love to bring this country down.
It just makes me physically sick to see those bums as they bring on a worthless lefty judge.

Jeff from WI on July 13, 2009 at 4:41 PM

It’s pretty much a given that Dr. Mengele’s Universal Heathcare Reform bill will provide for abortions and I’m sure the trendy congresscritters will at some point attempt to ban the execution of murderers – but, how is that going to wash with depriving the elderly of needed healthcare? I’m also reasonably certain Mssss Sotomayor will be able to wisely sit in judgement of any case brought before the court relating to these issues and review them with empathy.

24K lady on July 13, 2009 at 5:03 PM

If we’re going to champion Senatorial Nice over doing what’s right for America, we might as well get behind the likes of John McCain…oh…uh…

Chris_Balsz on July 13, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Anti-abortion activists have passion and it’s non-violent action so I give it a pass. See how the libs like some of their own medicine. I would like to see some conservative privacy rights group (don’t exists)rush into Acorn offices and start throwing papers on ground and getting peoples name and address who work there. I know it childish, but it makes me feel better. Pay back is a bitch.

Ed Laskie on July 14, 2009 at 11:12 AM

I hate it that I can’t watch CNN video. Must be my anti-virus software.

nottakingsides on July 14, 2009 at 12:13 PM