Conservatives will likely paint Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as an activist judge at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, which are set to begin Monday.

Those who oppose her nomination may focus on her remark about a "wise Latina" who would "hopefully" make better decisions because of her life experiences than a white male judge who had not shared them.

A CNN/Opinion Research poll reports that 47 percent say she should be confirmed, 40 said she should not, while 13 percent were unsure. Previous judges carried higher numbers: John Roberts (60/26), Samuel Alito (54/30), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (53/14), Clarence Thomas (52/17). She received the highest rating from the American Bar Association, and even an endorsement from former Clinton special prosecutor Ken Starr.

During Sotomayor's time as a judge, she's never ruled directly on anything related to Roe v. Wade. But Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein and Benjamin Cardin, both of whom are pro-choice, said they spoke with Sotomayor about Roe and were encouraged by her answers. Republican Senator Jim DeMint asked Sotomayor during a private meeting whether she believed an unborn child had any rights. According to the release, she said she "had never thought about it."

Pro-life groups are most concerned about Sotomayor's involvement with the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, which filed at least six briefs related to abortion.

Several conservative women groups released statements earlier this week outlining their concerns about Sotomayor:

Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life

Her record of activism in support of a radical pro-abortion agenda is clear and documented. This is a judge with a record significantly worse than Judge Souter's. ...
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