Pro-Life Leader Says Letter Makes Samuel Alito Confirmation a Battle

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 17, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 17, 2005

Washington, DC ( — A 1985 letter showing Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito saying he finds no right to abortion in the Constitution will turn his nomination into a fierce battle that could see a filibuster develop against him a pro-life leader says.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, tells CNS News that, despite the positive impression Alito is making on Capitol Hill as he meets with lawmakers privately, his nomination is not a "sure bet."

Perkins says the letter "is being treated like a ‘smoking gun’ by liberal activists."

"That is enough for the pro-abortion lobby to start sharpening their knives," Perkins warned. Abortion advocates "want a fight so brutal and bruising that President Bush will not dare to nominate another judicial conservative."

In fact, on Wednesday, Planned Parenthood interim president Karen Pearl sent an email to her group’s supporters encouraging them to take part in an "emergency campaign" to stop Alito’s nomination.

"This week we’re launching the campaign nationally—and we need you to get friends and family involved. Help us reach our goal of getting 100,000 supporters to write their senators as the hearings approach," Pearl instructed them.

Pearl provided abortion activists with a pre-written letter they could cut and paste in an email to members of the Senate.

Escalating the rhetoric to rally the troops, Pearl claimed "women’s lives depend" on their actions to stop Alito’s confirmation.