Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Judge Alito- pro-life

Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's own words are offering abortion rights and civil rights supporters new fodder in their campaign to impede his bid for a seat on the nation's highest court.

Documents released Monday show Alito in 1985 telling the Reagan administration he was particularly proud to help argue that "the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion," a statement senators want to know more about before voting on his candidacy for the Supreme Court.

"This puts a much stronger onus on Judge Alito to answer questions on this subject," said Sen. Charles Schumer (news, bio, voting record), D-N.Y., who called the 1985 document "the strongest statement we've seen from a nominee on this very controversial subject for a long time."

Added Republican Susan Collins of Maine: "This is an area that should be further explored in his confirmation hearings."

The document, released by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Monday, shows a young Alito applying to become deputy assistant attorney general and saying his previous government work had included helping "to advance legal positions in which I personally believe very strongly."

"I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government argued that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion," wrote Alito, who was then working for the solicitor general's office.

Alito's supporters say there's nothing surprising in that statement.

He "joins a long list of jurists who have written that Roe was wrongly decided, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg before she was confirmed to the court," said Sen. John Cornyn (news, bio, voting record), R-Texas, a Judiciary Committee member.

"The question is whether he will put his personal views aside as any judge should and base his rulings on what the Constitution says," he added. "His long track record as a federal appeals court judge shows that he has indeed put his personal views on abortion aside, and I have every confidence he will continue to do so."

Read the whole article here.

So know it comes out, that he really is very pro-life. And hopefully he will NOT put aside that "personal" view when he becomes a member of the Supreme Court.


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