by Steven Ertelt
November 30, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new memo that shows Samuel Alito advising the Reagan administration on how to support legislation limiting abortion and putting forth strategy on how to overturn Roe v. Wade has one leading pro-abortion senator very upset.
Responding to Wednesday’s release of the document by the National Archives, Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, called Alito’s abortion opposition "stunning."
"These latest revelations cast serious doubt on whether Judge Alito can be at all objective on the right to privacy and a woman’s right to choose," Schumer told the Associated Press.
Schumer is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to begin hearings on Alito’s nomination in early January.
The memo could prompt some pro-abortion Democrats to consider filibustering his nomination and will likely draw pressure from abortion advocacy groups to do so, but Schumer did not talk about a filibuster.
White House spokesman Steve Schmidt labeled Schumer’s criticism "unfair."
"Judge Alito should be evaluated on his 15 years of jurisprudence as a federal judge where he has authored hundreds of opinions," Schmidt said.
He told the Associated Press that in some of the cases, Alito has voted to uphold precedents concerning abortion while in others he has voted to uphold pro-life laws limiting abortions.
"To leap to conclusions and try to infer future decisions from 20-year-old memos borders on the silly," he added.