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John Roberts on Abortion
Click here for 10 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Constitutional privacy protection is only a so-called right. (Oct 2010)
  • Roe v. Wade is more than settled as precedent. (Jan 2006)
  • Wife is strongly pro-life. (Jul 2005)
  • Finds no support for abortion rights in Constitution. (Jul 2005)
  • Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. (Jul 2005)
  • Prohibit family-planning programs from giving abortion info. (Jul 2005)
  • Ok for Operation Rescue to target abortion clinics. (Jul 2005)
  • Roe v. Wade is settled law. (Jul 2005)
  • Doctors who get federal fund may not mention abortion. (Jul 2005)
  • Limit funding for abortion clinics. (Feb 2003)
John Roberts on Budget & Economy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
John Roberts on Civil Rights
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  • Coloradans entitled to be hostile toward homosexual conduct. (Aug 2005)
  • No paper trail as a judge on gay rights issues. (Jul 2005)
  • Ok for religious groups to meet at schools. (Jul 2005)
  • Opposed simplifying complaints against voting rights. (Jul 2005)
  • Weaken the separation of church and state. (Jul 2005)
  • Against Affirmative Action. (Feb 2003)
  • Should make secret settlements in some cases. (Jan 2003)
  • 1st Amendment protects church's anti-gay funeral pickets. (Mar 2011)
  • Sociological analysis insufficient to prove gender bias. (Jun 2011)
John Roberts on Corporations
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  • Citizens United: corporate political ads are free speech. (Jun 2010)
  • Whistleblowers can be fired for cause. (Nov 2004)
  • Represented the states against Microsoft. (Jan 2003)
  • Can only sue for direct results of corporate negligence. (Jun 2011)
John Roberts on Crime
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  • Ok to prosecute for eating french fries on city trains. (Feb 2005)
  • Guidelines for parole can’t add to sentence retroactively. (Nov 2004)
  • Police supervisors not liable for misdeeds of officers. (Apr 2004)
  • Live witness not required for all scientific testing. (Jun 2011)
  • International Court not grounds for stay of execution. (Jul 2011)
John Roberts on Drugs
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  • Ok to search cars without particular evidence in mind. (Jul 2005)
  • Judges cannot overrule guidelines even if unjust. (Oct 2004)
  • Sentences should stand despite crack-vs.-powder rule change. (Jun 2011)
John Roberts on Education
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  • Taxpayers can't fight AZ tax credit for religious schools. (Apr 2011)
John Roberts on Energy & Oil
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  • Public committees need not disclose documents. (Jan 2004)
  • Ok to keep Cheney’s energy task force secret. (Sep 2003)
  • Clean Air Act displaced federal common law on CO2 emissions. (Jun 2011)
John Roberts on Environment
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  • No compensation for delayed development for enviro zoning. (Nov 2011)
  • EPA, not Congress, determines when cost-benefit applies. (Jul 2009)
  • Allow development despite local endangered species. (Jul 2005)
  • No lawsuits to prevent mining on federal land. (Jul 2005)
  • Species within one state not protected by federal law. (Jul 2005)
  • Clean Water Act applies only to navigable wetlands. (Jun 2006)
  • States can't request EPA to regulate CO2 greenhouse gases. (Apr 2007)
John Roberts on Families & Children
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  • His kids' adoption records explored in confirmation hearing. (Sep 2006)
  • 1st Amendment doesn't apply to vague restrictions. (Jun 2011)
John Roberts on Foreign Policy
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  • Foreign law is irrelevant to US elected officials. (Apr 2009)
  • Vienna Convention treaty not binding on US courts. (Mar 2008)
John Roberts on Free Trade
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John Roberts on Government Reform
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  • 2006: TX redistricting didn't violate Voting Rights Act. (Nov 2010)
  • Campaign finance reform should not limit political spending. (Apr 2010)
  • Judicial nomination hearing should not be bargaining process. (Sep 2006)
  • Disabled people can sue government for discrimination. (Feb 2005)
  • Ok to extend time limit to sue for lawyer’s malpractice. (Jun 2004)
  • The Federal Government enjoys sovereign immunity. (Jan 2003)
  • Public campaign finance can't be based on opponent spending. (Jun 2011)
John Roberts on Gun Control
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  • Unions have right to negotiate where firearms are stored. (Apr 2005)
  • Right to gun ownership is individual, not collective. (Jun 2008)
John Roberts on Health Care
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  • Can't require insurance as commerce, but ok as tax. (Feb 2013)
  • Congress can REGULATE commerce but cannot COMPEL it. (Feb 2013)
  • ObamaCare not ok under Commerce Clause, but ok as tax. (Jun 2012)
  • OpEd: sympathetic to labeling ObamaCare unconstitutional. (Nov 2010)
  • States decide insurance issues, not federal government. (Jun 2006)
  • Federal law pre-empts state laws on generic drug warning. (Jun 2011)
John Roberts on Homeland Security
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  • Support executive-branch power in foreign & military affairs. (Nov 2011)
  • Habeas rights at Guantanamo is judicial overreach. (Jun 2008)
  • Military tribunals for terrorists are ok. (Jul 2005)
  • Bar veterans from suing the new Iraqi government. (Feb 2005)
John Roberts on Immigration
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  • AZ may revoke licenses for hiring unauthorized aliens. (May 2011)
John Roberts on Jobs
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  • Union activists can organize outside of employment place. (Jul 2005)
John Roberts on Principles & Values
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  • 1990s: Argued dozens of cases before Supreme Court. (Nov 2010)
  • Strongly supported by religious conservatives. (Aug 2009)
  • Opponents will fight only to hear Roberts’ issue stances. (Jul 2005)
  • Volunteer adviser to Bush in 2000 Florida post-election. (Jul 2005)
  • Adopted two children. (Jul 2005)
  • Public service history precludes “stealth candidate” label. (Jul 2005)
  • An establishment lawyer, with no all-encompassing philosophy. (Jul 2005)
  • Reliable conservative and perfect judicial temperament. (Feb 2005)
  • Positions a lawyer presents don’t have to be his own beliefs. (Jan 2003)
  • There are certain areas where literalism doesn’t work. (Jan 2003)
  • There is a right answer in every court case. (Jan 2003)
John Roberts on Social Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
John Roberts on Tax Reform
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  • Railroads can sue for tax exemptions on other diesel users. (Feb 2011)
John Roberts on Technology
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  • Cannot subpoena individual’s computer records. (Jul 2005)
John Roberts on War & Peace
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  • As student during Vietnam, disturbed by anti-war protests. (Feb 2005)
John Roberts on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Defended welfare recipients from losing benefits, pro-bono. (Jul 2005)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Constitutional privacy protection is only a so-called right: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Roe v. Wade is more than settled as precedent: Favors topic 1
Finds no support for abortion rights in Constitution: Opposes topic 1
Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit family-planning programs from giving abortion info: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Ok for Operation Rescue to target abortion clinics: Opposes topic 1
Roe v. Wade is settled law: Favors topic 1
Doctors who get federal fund may not mention abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Limit funding for abortion clinics: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
2006: TX redistricting didn't violate Voting Rights Act: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Opposed simplifying complaints against voting rights: Opposes topic 2
Against Affirmative Action: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Sociological analysis insufficient to prove gender bias: Strongly Opposes topic 2
No opinion on topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(0 points on Social scale)
Coloradans entitled to be hostile toward homosexual conduct: Favors topic 3
No paper trail as a judge on gay rights issues: Neutral on topic 3
1st Amendment protects church's anti-gay funeral pickets: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Ok for religious groups to meet at schools: Favors topic 4
Weaken the separation of church and state: Favors topic 4
Taxpayers can't fight AZ tax credit for religious schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
No opinion on topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(0 points on Economic scale)
Can't require insurance as commerce, but ok as tax: Strongly Favors topic 5
ObamaCare not ok under Commerce Clause, but ok as tax: Favors topic 5
OpEd: sympathetic to labeling ObamaCare unconstitutional: Opposes topic 5
States decide insurance issues, not federal government: Neutral on topic 5
Federal law pre-empts state laws on generic drug warning: Strongly Opposes topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(-3 points on Social scale)
Allow development despite local endangered species: Favors topic 8
Clean Water Act applies only to navigable wetlands: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Ok to prosecute for eating french fries on city trains: Favors topic 9
Guidelines for parole can’t add to sentence retroactively: Opposes topic 9
Judges cannot overrule guidelines even if unjust: Strongly Favors topic 9
Live witness not required for all scientific testing: Strongly Favors topic 9
International Court not grounds for stay of execution: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Unions have right to negotiate where firearms are stored: Favors topic 10
Right to gun ownership is individual, not collective: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Railroads can sue for tax exemptions on other diesel users: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
AZ may revoke licenses for hiring unauthorized aliens: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Foreign law is irrelevant to US elected officials: Strongly Favors topic 14
Vienna Convention treaty not binding on US courts: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Support executive-branch power in foreign & military affairs: Favors topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(-5 points on Social scale)
Campaign finance reform should not limit political spending: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Public campaign finance can't be based on opponent spending: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Military tribunals for terrorists are ok: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
No lawsuits to prevent mining on federal land: Opposes topic 18
States can't request EPA to regulate CO2 greenhouse gases: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Clean Air Act displaced federal common law on CO2 emissions: Strongly Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Ok to search cars without particular evidence in mind: Favors topic 19
Sentences should stand despite crack-vs.-powder rule change: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Defended welfare recipients from losing benefits, pro-bono: Strongly Favors topic 20

John Roberts is a Populist-Leaning Conservative.
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