Pro-Abortion Groups Stepping Up Campaign Against Samuel Alito

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 22, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 22, 2005

Washington, DC ( — Pro-abortion groups aren’t letting the Christmas holiday prevent them from continuing and increasing their attacks on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. Abortion advocates are relying on targeting television ad campaigns and grassroots activists to bully key senators into opposing Alito’s nomination to replace pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

IN an email to her group’s supporters, NARAL president Nancy Keenan urged opposition to Alito and appealed for end of the year donations to fight his nomination.

Keenan blasted Alito for his 1985 memos in which he said there is no right to abortion in the Constitution and proposed strategy for the Reagan administration to limit abortions.

"Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito drafted the blueprint for attacking choice," Keenan complained. She encouraged abortion advocates to "work with us to stop Alito, save the Supreme Court, and protect Roe v. Wade."

Meanwhile, coalition of pro-abortion groups seeking to defeat Alito has sharply stepped up their television advertising campaigns in Maine and Rhode Island in recent weeks. In doing so they have closed what was once a wide gap in total spending on television airtime relative to their conservative peers who back Alito’s nomination.

Combined the groups have now spent just under $650,000, with conservative spending accounting for 54 cents of every television advertising dollar, compared to 46 cents for the pro-abortion groups.

The data comes from new statistics released by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and the Justice at Stake Campaign.

Progress for America, the sole conservative sponsor of nationally broadcast pro-Alito TV ads to date, issued a new television spot on December 13 that rebutted the ad, which is running in heavy rotation in Maine and Rhode Island: "Despite winning bipartisan praise, some liberals still launch untrue attacks," Progress for America says in its news ad, which it ran on national cable television. -– a who’s who of pro-abortion interest groups -– also debuted a radio advertising campaign in Rhode Island and Maine on December 19, according to information posted on its website.

"With the air wars growing tighter, and the hearings approaching, we’re on the verge of an explosion of interest group pressure after the holidays, including TV, radio, newspaper and internet-based advertising," said Bert Brandenburg, executive director of the Justice at Stake Campaign.

The Senate is expected to hold hearings on Alito’s nomination starting January 9 and is planning on a full Senate vote on January 20, days before the 33rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.