Published: Apr 21, 2010 7:51 PM EDT

      President Barack Obama, treading carefully on the explosive issue of abortion and the Supreme Court, said Wednesday he will choose a nominee who pays heed to women's rights and privacy when interpreting the Constitution.
      "That's very important to me," Obama said. Yet he insisted he will not make any potential nominee pass a "litmus test" on
abortion rights.
      Obama consulted Senate leaders from both parties at the White House as he moved toward choosing a replacement for Justice John Paul Stevens, who turned 90 on Tuesday and is retiring.
      The White House says Obama is considering about 10 people and has begun conversations with candidates. A nominee is expected within the next few weeks.