Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito wrote a document 20 years ago saying the landmark Roe versus Wade ruling legalizing abortion should be overturned.
The June 1985 memo was a recommendation to the solicitor general
on filing a friend-of-court brief.
In the memo, Alito wrote that the government should "make clear" that it disagrees with Roe versus Wade. Alito's memo also said the government would welcome the opportunity to "brief the issue" of whether the decision should be overturned, and if so to what extent.
The document was one of 45 released today by the National Archives.
Senate confirmation hearings for Alito are expected to begin January ninth.