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Alito: Abortion Not A "Right"

Supreme nominee called self lifelong conservative in 1985

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Alito: Abortion Not A "Right"

NOVEMBER 14--Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito once wrote that "the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion," a legal position for which Alito noted, "I personally believe very strongly."

In a 1985 application for a Department of Justice post, an excerpt of which you'll find here, Alito stated that it was "an honor and a source of personal satisfaction" to serve in the Office of the Solicitor General as the Reagan administration was arguing in the Supreme Court that "racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion."

He also reported that, "I am and always have been a conservative" and "a life-long registered Republican and have made the sort of modest political contributions that a federal employee can afford to Republican candidates and conservative causes."

The DOJ application was among dozens of pages of records released today by the National Archives. (3 pages)