Pro-Life Groups Largely Supportive of Samuel Alito’s Hearing Comments

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 12, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 12, 2006

Washington, DC ( — Pro-life groups are largely supportive of the comments Judge Samuel Alito made on abortion and are continuing their support for his nomination to replace pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court.

Concerned Women for America, a pro-life women’s group, says Alito has done a "superb job despite blatant partisan attacks by some members of the [committee]."

“If ever there’s a pictorial dictionary, under ‘judge,’ it should simply display a photo of Samuel Alito,” Jan LaRue, CWA’s chief counsel explained.

“I knew he is brilliant and possessed a deep knowledge of constitutional law, but he’s left me with a greater appreciation of that and his numerous outstanding qualities," she added.

Looking to his comments on abortion issues, John Jakubczyk, the president of Arizona Right to Life and an attorney, said Alito’s "comments when he was an advocate in 1985 on the lack of any legal legitimacy for Roe v. Wade are as valid today as then."

"He should be confirmed. His presence on the bench will provide hope for those who believe in the role of law and the sanctity of life," Jakubczyk told

Nikolas Nikas, the president of the Bioethics Defense Fund, agreed that Alito should be confirmed in light of pressing pro-life issues.

“Given that important human rights issues such as human cloning to produce children and human cloning for biomedical research may end up at the high court, it is important that Supreme Court Justices be appointed who respect the rule of law and understand the precise and limited role of judges in our constitutional system," Nikas told

"Despite the attacks on Judge Alito’s character, I believe he will be confirmed by the Senate and will serve with distinction," Nikas concluded.

Pro-life groups also appreciated the judicial approach and temperament Judge Alito displayed.

"While no one can predict how Judge Alito will vote on any issue, his past record shows him to be a judge who interprets the Constitution based on the original intent," the American Family Association said.

The Christian Coalition went further in its assessment of Alito.

"There is no doubt he considers that Roe v. Wade was a wrongly decided issue just as even some liberal scholars do," the pro-life group said in a statement obtained.

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