When US Senators questioned Samuel Alito at his confirmation hearing in 2006, the now-Supreme Court Justice, author of Friday’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, hinted that the landmark 1973 abortion ruling was an “important precedent.”
“It is a precedent that has now been on the books for several decades,” Alito said. “It has been challenged. It has been reaffirmed.”
At the same hearing, he talked about the principle of “stare decisis,” where Supreme Court justices respect the precedents set by previous decisions in making their rulings.