Listen to mom

Samuel Alito's mother offers some insight into the nominee's views on abortion.

Published November 1, 2005 6:28PM (EST)

The conservative cheerleaders behind SCOTUS nominee Samuel Alito have been busy insisting that Alito's dissent in the 1991 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey does not necessarily signal a wider dissent with Roe v. Wade -- so busy, it seems, that no one's been keeping an eye on Alito's mother.

Indeed, yesterday, when an AP reporter spoke with Rose Alito in her Hamilton, N.J., home, it was clear the 90-year-old hadn't heard all the talking points. "Of course, he's against abortion," the nominee's mother told the press. After all, he's a good Catholic.

By Sarah Karnasiewicz

Sarah Karnasiewicz is a freelance writer and photographer based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Until recently, she was senior editor at Saveur magazine; prior to that she was deputy Life editor at Salon. She has contributed to the New York Times, the New York Observer and Rolling Stone, among other publications. For more of her work, visit and Signs and Wonders.

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