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Sotomayor refers to precedent on abortion

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is shedding no additional light on her views on abortion, despite persistent questioning from one of the Senate

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2009, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is shedding no additional light on her views on abortion, despite persistent questioning from one of the Senate's staunchest abortion opponents.

Sotomayor referred to Supreme Court cases establishing that women have a constitutional right to abortions in some circumstances and that the high court must consider whether state regulations pose an undue burden on that right.

But as her Senate confirmation hearing continued Wednesday, she wouldn't answer questions from Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma - an obstetrician - about whether medical advances that could make a fetus viable at an earlier stage in pregnancy should affect how the court considers abortion.


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