According to Barack Obama, he has no "litmus test" on the issue of abortion when it comes to choosing his nominee to replace John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. (Link to story here.)
That would be great, if only it was true. Obama's claim is simply another example of him saying what he thinks his audience wants to hear. Instead of simply telling the truth - he won't nominate anyone who he believes would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade - Obama, instead, speaks in code saying that he will "choose a nominee who pays heed to women's rights [except, of course, unborn women] and privacy when interpreting the Constitution." That code, of course, means the same thing.
Don't be fooled. And don't think that Barack Obama has an open mind on abortion and the Supreme Court.