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November-14-05

Alito: 'Constitution Does Not Protect a Right to an Abortion'

According to a document obtained by the Washington Times, Samuel Alito, Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court, does not support a woman's right to a safe, legal abortion. In a 1985 application to become deputy assistant to then-Attorney General Edwin Meese under President Reagan, Alito wrote, "It has been an honor and source of personal satisfaction for me to serve in the office of the Solicitor General during President Reagan's administration and to help to advance legal positions in which I personally believe very strongly I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government has argued in the Supreme Court that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion."

Just as we feared, this document confirms that Alito could very well be the fifth vote on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and/or restrict access to reproductive rights for women, said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority, which is waging a campaign to defeat Alito.

The document will be made public today along with others from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

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Media Resources: Washington Times 11/14/05