Pro-Life Groups Applaud Senate Support of Samuel Alito for Supreme Court
by Steven Ertelt
January 31, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life groups applauded the Senate vote on Tuesday to name 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Samuel Alito to replace pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court.
They hope Alito will join Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts as the fourth vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion throughout pregnancy for virtually any reason.
"Americans can rest assured knowing that we have one more highly qualified justice on the Supreme Court who is deeply committed to the written Constitution and the rule of law," said Jan LaRue, chief counsel for Concerned Women for America.
"Judge Alito is everything a judge should be and I am confident he will rule with both integrity and respect for the rights of every American," LaRue added.
Joseph Cella, president of the Catholic grassroots group Fidelis said Alito has an "even temperament and respect for the rule of law."
Both Cella and LaRue condemned attacked on Alito but pro-abortion groups and senators.
"These scorched earth attacks on Justice Alito have failed and have disgraced the Senate and the important process of confirmation hearings," Cella said.
Father Frank Pavone said Alito’s confirmation vote was the result of hard work by pro-life advocates who voted for pro-life senators and President Bush.
"Priests for Life is grateful to the voters who, in the elections of 2004, were motivated by the desire to change the Supreme Court, particularly on the way it rules regarding abortion," Pavone said.
Pavone indicated he felt that added Alito and Roberts to the court would "move us closer to an end to legal abortion in America."
"We renew our call to voters to make the elections of 2006 and 2008 even greater advances for the protection of the unborn," Father Pavone added.