Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Alito on Abortion.

In 3 of 4 cases, Supreme Court nominee Alito voted on the side of abortion rights.

Sooooooooo.

-• A 1991 challenge to a Pennsylvania law requiring married women to notify their husbands before seeking an abortion. The court struck down the restriction. Alito dissented.

- A 1995 challenge to a Pennsylvania law that required women seeking to use Medicaid funds to abort a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest to report the incident to law enforcement officials and identify the offender. Alito provided the decisive vote striking down the abortion restriction.

- A 1997 challenge to a New Jersey law that prevents parents from suing for damages on behalf of the wrongful death of a fetus. Alito ruled that the Constitution does not afford protection to the unborn.

- A 2000 challenge to New Jersey's ban on so-called partial-birth abortions. Alito struck down the law based on a recent Supreme Court decision.


Analysts are divided over the meaning of Alito's votes and his various writings while on the bench.

Does anyone else think this guy should have been nominated for Chief Justice?



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