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Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Alito on abortion: pro-life 1, pro-choice 3

"Legal analysts disagree in their assessments of Judge Alito. Some say he is a conservative ideologue. Others say he is a smart, careful jurist who leaves personal views behind when he dons his black robes.

"The best evidence of his work as a judge are his published opinions. They contain a few surprises and some ammunition—for both the left and the right.

"For example, of the four abortion cases in which he participated as an appeals court judge, he voted on the pro-choice side in all but one. A 1995 Alito vote striking down a Pennsylvania abortion restriction in particular is raising eyebrows among some legal scholars." ...

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