Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Senator Lieberman and Alito

Joe Lieberman seems confident Alito would not vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, but he often has one foot across the Republican aisle, so I do not always trust him. Alito has been pilloried by pro-choice advocates for his dissent in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey. This case is controversial because he argued to uphold a law requiring women to notify their husbands should they seek an abortion. On the other hand, Alito sided with those defend legalize abortion in three other cases before him. He has followed precedent on other abortion cases and also held that the fetus is not protected person under the Constitution in a wrongful death case.

At this point, it appears unlikely that Democrats will have the necessary 41 votes for a filibuster. Of course, this may change by January.

Alito Signals Reluctance to Overturn Roe v. Wade

Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. has signaled he would be highly reluctant to overturn long-standing precedents such as the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling, a move that has helped to silence some of his critics and may resolve a key problem early in the Senate confirmation process, several senators said yesterday.

In private meetings with senators who support abortion rights, Alito has said the Supreme Court should be quite wary of reversing decisions that have been repeatedly upheld, according to the senators who said it was clear that the context was abortion.

He basically said . . . that Roe was precedent on which people -- a lot of people -- relied, and been precedent now for decades and therefore deserved great respect," Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) told reporters after meeting with Alito yesterday.

Washington Post


Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

What he said is it's an established decision and he respects it. What that means is he respects that there is a decision, and it's been around for awhile, not that he's going to vote to uphold it or that he agreed with it. We really should kick Joe out of the party, honestly. He doesn't even pretend to stand up for Ds.

November 09, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

Yeah, when I hear Lieberman saying something like that, I picture Neville Chamberlain saying "Peace in our time".

November 09, 2005  

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