Justice Antonin Scalia Reconfirms: No Right to Abortion in Constitution

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 17, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 17,

Philadelphia, PA (LifeNews.com) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia attended Catholic celebratory events on Monday and gave a speech at Villanova Law School’s Second Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics & Culture. He reconfirmed his belief that the so-called right to abortion is found nowhere in the Constitution.

He said that notion is not guided by his Catholic views but by his understanding of the Constitution and his perspective as a "strict originalist" and "legal positivist."

"Not everything you may care about is in the Constitution," he told the audience, according to a report in The Bulletin newspaper. "It is a legal document that had compromises in it. What it says it says; what it doesn’t say it doesn’t say."

"I don’t agree we are in an era of narrow constitutional interpretation. There are still sweeping decisions out there," Scalia added.

"Roe v. Wade is one. There is nothing in the Constitution about the right to abortion," the associate justice explained.

Scalia said that he also supports the notion that state legislatures should be allowed to make laws because they are closer to the people. That state’s rights argument has long been extended towards overturning Roe v. Wade.

"To the extent you believe judges have the right to change law then you are in the soup," he argued, according to The Bulletin.

"Why would you think nine people, much less nine lawyers, are likely to come to a more accurate reflection of current mores than our legislators?"