In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Kathleen Sullivan suggests some questions to ask Judge Roberts at his confirmation hearing. These seem like very good questions; I would be especially interested to hear his answers to the third. (Four other people also contributed questions, but those seem substantially less relevant to me)
One question about which I would love to see Judge Roberts’ reasoning would be, To what extent do individuals have the right to make their own medical decisions, and why? Unfortunately this would be an inappropriate confirmation question; any of the germane subquestions would be far too likely to have direct bearing on cases that could come before the court in the future. But his thinking on this matter would be (IMHO) very illuminating: this is closely associated with the question of the rights of individuals when they do not have any obvious conflict with the rights of other individuals or the duties of the state, and therefore of his broader approach to questions such as privacy. Sullivan’s third question broaches this indirectly, though, so it may answer the matter well enough.