Pro-Life Groups Unanimously Back Samuel Alito re Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
October 31, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life organizations are unanimously applauding President Bush’s selection of pro-life federal appeals court Judge Samuel Alito to replace pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court. They say he doesn’t have the problems Harriet Miers did on determining where he stands.
Alito has served on the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 1990 and was next in line to become the chief justice of that court.
His long paper trial gives pro-life advocates what Miers failed to do — an assurance that he would vote to uphold pro-life laws and, ultimately, overturn the case that ushered in an era of 44 million abortions.
Concerned Women for America expressed its wholehearted support for President Bush’s nomination.
"Judge Alito has always been one of our top choices for the Supreme Court," said Jan LaRue, CWA’s chief counsel. "He has all of the qualifications needed: intellect, knowledge and experience in constitutional law, integrity, competence, humility and judicial temperament."
"Judge Alito has a proven track record of respect for the original intent of the framers of the constitution when it comes to the sanctity of life," added Rev. Rob Schenck of the National Clergy Council.
Father Frank Pavone, president of Priests for Life, urged the Senate to move forward quickly to hold hearings and a vote on Alito. He welcomed the upcoming debate on abortion.
"Some Senators will oppose any change on the Court that would threaten so-called ‘abortion rights.’ But the American people are already deciding that their Constitution does not permit dismembering children," Pavone said.
LaRue pointed out that Alito was confirmed by unanimous consent in 1990 when the former President Bush appointed him to the 3rd Circuit. Half of the Democrats in the Senate today voted for Alito at that time.
"Since about half of the current members of the Democratic caucus confirmed Alito in 1990, he should sail through to confirmation by an overwhelming majority," she explained.