Alito is speaking in code to express his hostility towards Roe v. Wade. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) unpacks his language. Watch it:
Alito’s answers during the hearing — combined with his explicit, documented opposition to Roe – send a clear message that he believes Roe was wrongly decided.
Yesterday, when you were asked about one man, one vote, you clarified it. You said those were my views then, they’re not my views now.
When Senator Kohl asked you about the power and authority of elected branches as opposed to others, no; you said I want to clarify that’s not my view now.
And yet, when we have tried to press you on this critical statement that you made in that application, a statement which was made by you that said the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion, you’ve been unwilling to distance yourself and to say that you disagree with that.