Alito Key in 1985 Reagan Anti-Abortion Brief

Samuel Alito played a key role in a 1985 Reagan administration brief that advocated for overturning the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, according to a coauthor of the brief. Albert Lauber, who worked with Alito in the solicitor general’s office under Reagan, told the Boston Globe that Alito helped with “the research, the thinking, as well as the legal research and analysis…Sam said, ‘I know this is not your area.’ He kind of volunteered to be helpful.”

In a 1985 job application to become assistant attorney general, Alito wrote that he was “particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government has argued in the Supreme Court that … the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion.” Alito has since distanced himself from this statement, telling several Senators that he was simply seeking a job 20 years ago, and the situation is different now. “And so I asked him, ‘Why shouldn’t we consider the answers that you’re giving today an application for another job?'” said Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), according to the New York Times.

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Boston Globe 11/16/05; New York Times 11/16/05

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