Now that Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' impending retirement is official, you're going to be hearing a lot more about Chicago's own Diane Wood as a possible replacement. On Wednesday, we provided some backgrounder links for those wishing to get acquainted with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judge. Today, Yahoo's Newsroom previews what would likely be the main points of contention (from the conservative perspective) if she were nominated.
Wood, who clerked for Harry Blackmun, the justice who wrote the in Roe v. Wade, has maintained a strong commitment to the right-of-privacy philosophy that shaped the Roe decision — pointing the way not only to aggressive questioning on her view of abortion rights but also to similar privacy-related legal issues such as . She also subscribes to a "dynamic" view of the Constitution's legal principles, putting her at odds with the "originalist" views of conservative justices such as Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas — as well as with the philosophy of many of her prospective Republican questioners on the Senate Judiciary panel.