Alito Advocated Reversing ‘Roe v. Wade’ in Memo

Donna Cassata
The Associated Press

Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito wrote in a June 1985 memo that the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion should be overturned, a finding certain to enliven January’s confirmation hearings.

In a recommendation to the solicitor general on filing a friend-of-court brief, Alito said that the government “should make clear that we disagree with Roe v. Wade and would welcome the opportunity to brief the issue of whether, and if so to what extent, that decision should be overruled.”

The June 3, 1985, document was one of 45 released by the National Archives on Friday. A total of 744 pages were made public.