Bush's man for the Supreme Court
Roberts' list of judicial accomplishments is thin, making the nominee a somewhat enigmatic selection. Roberts has argued before the Supremes in 39 cases; his arguments prevailed in 25 of those cases. Still, as a government lawyer serving under former Solicitor General Kenneth Starr during the elder Bush's presidency, Roberts argued in 1990 in favor of government regulation banning abortion-related counseling in federally financed family planning programs. Also that year, Roberts helped author a brief asserting the administration's opposition to the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which secured abortion rights under the constitution. "We continue to believe that Roe was wrongly decided and should be overturned," Roberts wrote.