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Memo Cited ‘Abortion Tragedy’

Tuesday, August 16, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

That’s the headline on this morning’s Washington Post story about another old Roberts’ memo from his White House days. Proclaiming that “[t]he words of the Supreme Court nominee, contained in a 1985 memo in which he approved a telegram from Reagan supporting the service, provide the clearest insight to date into Roberts’s personal views on abortion at a time when both proponents and opponents of Roe have a keen interest in whether he would tip the court’s balance on one of the nation’s most volatile social issues,” the Post rushes news of this memo to page 1.

Earlier this year Hillary Clinton proclaimed that “[w]e can all recognize that abortion in many ways represents a sad, even tragic choice to many, many women. The fact is that the best way to reduce the number of abortions is to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in the first place.” Andrew Sullivan concurred with the senator’s premise that “abortion is always and everywhere a moral tragedy.” I assume, then, that the junior senator from New York and the blogger will both be endorsing Judge Roberts’ assessment in this instance?

There are 5,393 documents in the latest dump from the Roberts’ years in the White House Counsel’s Office. How many more breathless leded will they inspire? Dana Milbank gets the ball rolling with this piece on young Justice-to-be Roberts’ views on Michael Jackson.

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