Alito’s Senior Thesis Advisor Discusses Alito’s Views on Abortion

Samuel Alito’s senior thesis advisor at Princeton University shed new light on Alito’s judicial philosophy concerning the right to a safe, legal abortion. In an interview with the Daily Princetonian, Professor Walter Murphy said that Alito agrees with him in such issues as “finding no constitutional barrier to bans on late-term abortions and requiring spousal and parental notification of impending abortions,” the Princetonian reports.

The Princetonian originally reported today that Professor Murphy said that Alito believed Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided, but then posted a correction early this afternoon stating that “[t]he error was a result of a misinterpretation of a statement Murphy made about his personal beliefs on Roe. In an interview Tuesday morning, Murphy said: “Sam and I have never talked about Roe v. Wade, that I recall.” The article notes that Professor Murphy and Judge Alito have remained in touch over the years.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Judge Alito would be the fifth vote against abortion on the Supreme Court,” said Eleanor Smeal. “We must not go backwards to the days when women risked injury and even death by resorting to unsafe, illegal back-alley abortions.”

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Daily Princetonian 11/8/05; Associated Press 11/1/05

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