Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Jr. said on Tuesday that he would keep anopen mind on abortion disputes, but confirmed that a 1985 Justice Departmentjob application in which he wrote that there was no right to an abortion inthe Constitution was a viewpoint he held “at the time.”

“That was the position I held at the time; that was the position of the[Reagan] administration,” Alito told Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen SpecterR-Pa., who led off the questioning on the second day of Alito’sconfirmation hearings.

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