Abortion Advocates Unhappy With Samuel Alito’s Hearing Answers

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 10, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 10, 2006

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-abortion organizations are unhappy with the answers Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito is providing the Senate Judiciary Committee. Alito has defended his views in a memo saying there is no right to an abortion and indicated he doesn’t think Supreme Court precedent is set in stone.

"Under the first round of questions from Senator Specter, Samuel Alito did not refute his record of opposition to Roe v. Wade," NARAL president Nancy Keenan said after watching part of the first day of questions.

"He did not state whether he believes that the right to privacy includes a woman’s right to choose," Keenan explained. "He did acknowledge that his 1985 statement, which said he believes legally that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion, was accurate."

Keenan accused Alito, a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, of "stealing a page from Clarence Thomas’ playbook."

"Thomas said the constitution included a right to privacy, then he voted to overturn Roe v. Wade one year later," she said.

Meanwhile, the pro-abortion American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has announced its opposition to Alito for the Supreme Court. This is only the third time in ACLU’s 86-year history that it has opposed a nominee to the Supreme Court.

"Unfortunately, Judge Alito’s record shows a willingness to support government actions that abridge individual freedoms," ACLU director Anthony Romero claimed.

During Monday’s hearing, pro-life Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, said he’s not surprised that some groups and senators oppose Alito and he said some will make their final decision on his nomination on the basis of his abortion views.

"We’re going to go off in all sorts of directions, but the decisions that are going to be made on votes on the committee and the votes on the floor is going to be about Roe," Coburn said.

NARAL and the ACLU aren’t the only abortion advocates who have come out against Alito’s nomination to replace retiring pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Other abortion advocacy groups including the Feminist Majority, NOW, People for the American Way, and Planned Parenthood oppose his nomination.