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Video: Scalia says abortion, 'homosexual sodomy' not protected by constitution

Published: Monday October 16, 2006

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia insists that the constitution does not protect the right to an abortion, or "homosexual sodomy," in this video clip from the Associated Press.

"On controversial issues on stuff like homosexual rights, abortion," the Justice said at a debate with American Civil Liberties Union president Nadine Strossen, "we debate with each other and persuade each other and vote on it either through representatives or a constitutional amendment."

"My job is simply to say if those things you find desirable are contained in the Constitution," he explained. "Nobody ever thought that they were contained in the rights in the bill of rights. Which is why abortion and homosexual sodomy were criminal for 200 years."

Feminists and historians have long argued that abortion bans did not actually become widespread in the United States until the women's suffrage movement began to gain ground during the latter part of the 19th century.