NARAL Abortion Report Attacks Samuel Alito Supreme Court Nomination

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 15, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 15, 2005

Washington, DC ( — Approving Samuel Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court may not overturn the Roe v. Wade case that allowed virtually unlimited abortions but it could have a similar effect. That’s the analysis of leading pro-abortion group NARAL, which released a scathing report Thursday attacking Alito’s nomination.

"Whether Samuel Alito would vote to overrule Roe v. Wade and whether his vote would be the last necessary step to Roe’s demise are not the only questions before the Senate or the American public," NARAL wrote in its report.

The group added that "overruling Roe is not the only way to end legal abortion or make access so difficult, expensive, and dangerous that abortion’s legality is practically meaningless."

NARAL worries that the court will become "stacked" with pro-life justices who may not have the votes to overturn Roe but have enough to uphold legislation like New Hampshire’s parental notification law, partial-birth abortion bans or Right to Know provisions.

Such measure, which have overwhelming public support, are "as sure a way of ending legal abortion for many women in much of the country as is overturning Roe."

Joseph Cella, president of Fidelis, a Catholic pro-life group that is backing Alito’s nomination, says the NARAL report "is so far outside the mainstream it can hardly be taken seriously."

"This is yet another example of how radical pro-abortion liberal groups want to dictate their agenda of unregulated abortion on demand with activist judges rather than through the proper course of legislative debate and law," Cella explained.

The report suggests that the right to abortion in America is in imminent danger and states: "Access to abortion is…perilously close to non-existent in many parts of the country." Cella responded: "The fact of the matter is America has the most permissive abortion laws in the world."

Cella said NARAL’s view that stopping late-term abortions or informing women of abortion dangers and alternatives is unacceptable shows the pro-abortion group is out of touch with the 70-80 percent of Americans who back such laws.

"The report clearly shows that NARAL views any regulation on abortion, however beneficial to women, children, and parents as an assault on their radical agenda. Their views are far outside the mainstream of the great majority of Americans," he said.

"Unfortunately for NARAL, Judge Alito’s record is unambiguously faithful to the law and is clearly not driven by an agenda," Cella stated.

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