A Sampler of Souter's Views

As a superior-court judge in 1981, Souter urged the state legislature to reject a provision in a bill that would have required teenagers seeking + abortions to get permission from a judge if they could not obtain their parents' consent:

((The provision)) would express a decision by society, speaking through the legislature, to leave it to individual justices . . . to make fundamental moral decisions about the interests of other people without any standards to guide the individual judge . . . There are some judges who believe that abortion . . . is morally wrong, who could not in...