In a Philadelphia courtroom Wednesday, Kermit Gosnell's attorney declined to call any witnesses. Gosnell is charged with murder in the deaths of infants during late-term abortion.
The coalition of Catholics and anti-abortion advocates that has opposed healthcare reform – saying it could allow federal funds for abortion – is slowly splintering.
Liberals cheered the first Hispanic justice, but conservatives say Sotomayor ultimately backed away from a liberal view of the Constitution.
But the court's balance of power may not change much, as Justice Souter, a conservative choice, consistently voted liberal.