Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Alito Hearing Surprises Continue

"Alito Pleases GOP Senators, Not Democrats" sayz Yahoo! News
Asked repeatedly about abortion, he assured the Senate Judiciary Committee he would first take previous rulings into account. At the same time, he stressed that precedent, including the landmark 1973 decision establishing a woman's right to end her pregnancy, is not binding on the high court.

"I would approach the question with an open mind and I would listen to the arguments that were made," said Alito, who wrote two decades ago that he did not believe the Constitution includes the right to an abortion.


The former Reagan administration lawyer and federal prosecutor had scarcely settled into his seat when Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record), R-Pa., asked about a 1985 memo in which Alito wrote that the Constitution did not provide for a right to an abortion.

"Well, that was a correct statement of what I thought in 1985 from my vantage point in 1985, and that was as a line attorney in the Reagan administration," Alito replied, adding it also reflected his own belief.

Also on abortion, he defended his dissent in a 1991 case in which he voted to uphold a Pennsylvania law requiring women seeking abortions to notify their husbands. But he said at least twice he had "no agenda" to erase abortion rights, citing his rulings in two other cases as evidence.

Hours after Specter brought up the issue, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., raised it anew, saying that what he had heard from the witness led to "one inevitable conclusion: We can only conclude that if the question came before you, it is very likely that you would vote to overrule
Roe v. Wade."

Alito countered, " I don't know a way to answer a question about how I would decide a constitutional question that might come up in the future, other than to say I would go through that whole process" of judicial decision-making.
The Moloch-worshippers' lap dogs will continue to bloody Judge Alito's ankles throughout the hearings. He won't give an answer that will possibly satisfy them. If he did, the DNC funding would evaporate. Can't lose that ka-ching! now.

Expect the "Overturn Roe" meme to continue falling from their lips as this debacle of a confirmation hearing continues. They'll scare up any resistance to his nomination that they can. All in the public interest, of course.

Can't have a Justice of the Supreme Court actually evaluating cases according to their merits in the light of the law, now. After all, how Foolish would it be if the elected legislatures of the country actually tackled an issue as controversial as Abortion. How vulgar! How horrifying.

How unReasonable!

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