Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr.'s first day on the bench Tuesday was an unusually busy one. The Court heard arguments in key environmental cases, issued a ruling involving freedom of religion, and granted review in a challenge to the 2003 federal Partial-Birth Abortion Act that will put the justices back in the center of the national abortion rights debate. Abortion rights supporters immediately sounded the alarm about the Court's decision to review the case with its two new conservative members.
Alito's First Day on High Court Packed With Key Issues
February 22, 2006