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Antonin Scalia on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Since Framers didn't allow abortion, the issue is settled. (Sep 2008)
  • Leave abortion to states; Court should get out of this area. (Jun 1992)
  • Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided & should be overturned. (Jun 1992)
Antonin Scalia on Budget & Economy
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  • Protect private property from government regulations. (Jan 2011)
Antonin Scalia on Civil Rights
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  • Fear the judicial imposition of homosexual marriage. (Nov 2010)
  • Coloradans entitled to be hostile toward homosexual conduct. (Aug 2005)
  • Opposed banning homosexual sodomy laws. (Aug 2004)
  • Don't recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class. (Dec 2003)
  • Opposing homosexuality not as reprehensible as racial bias. (Dec 2003)
  • Limit employer liability for sexual harassment by employees. (Jun 1998)
  • Employee must prove negligence to sue city for harassment. (Jun 1998)
  • Legal sodomy leads to legal incest, adultery, & bestiality. (Jun 2003)
  • 1st Amendment protects church's anti-gay funeral pickets. (Mar 2011)
  • Sociological analysis insufficient to prove gender bias. (Jun 2011)
  • State laws should not protect gay rights. (May 1996)
  • Hate crimes must be separate crimes, not just for sentencing. (Jun 2000)
  • Miranda rights can be overruled by Congress. (Jun 2000)
  • Boy Scouts may exclude gay scoutmasters. (Jun 2000)
Antonin Scalia on Corporations
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  • Sovereign immunity only applies to foreign-owned companies. (Apr 2003)
  • Can only sue for direct results of corporate negligence. (Jun 2011)
Antonin Scalia on Crime
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  • Government is not responsible for abuses in private prisons. (Jul 2009)
  • Scientific testing requires live testimony in criminal cases. (Jun 2011)
  • International Court not grounds for stay of execution. (Jul 2011)
  • Fleeing the police is reasonable grounds for a search. (Jan 2000)
  • Shorten time between sentencing and executions. (Apr 2000)
  • OK to lengthen prison sentences retroactively. (Mar 2000)
  • Life-sentence alternative doesn't affect death sentence. (Jun 2000)
Antonin Scalia on Drugs
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  • Sentences should stand despite crack-vs.-powder rule change. (Jun 2011)
  • Tactile inspection for drugs should be legal, like visual. (Apr 2000)
  • Roadblocks with drug-sniffing dogs are OK. (Nov 2000)
Antonin Scalia on Education
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  • Vouchers ok if neutral with respect to religion. (Jun 2002)
  • Unconstitutional to deny scholarships to divinity students. (Feb 2004)
  • Paying taxes insufficient to oppose religious or any credits. (Apr 2011)
  • Taxpayer funding OK for parochial school materials. (Jun 2000)
Antonin Scalia on Energy & Oil
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  • Don't lump all companies when evaluating carbon emissions. (Apr 2011)
  • No disclosure needed by Cheney energy task force. (Jun 2004)
  • Clean Air Act displaced federal common law on CO2 emissions. (Jun 2011)
Antonin Scalia on Environment
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  • "Navigable waters" should have permanent surface connection. (Sep 2012)
  • EPA, not Congress, determines when cost-benefit applies. (Jul 2009)
  • Migratory birds don't extend CWA to isolated waters. (Jan 2001)
  • Eminent domain should not take from poor to give to rich. (Jun 2005)
  • Clean Water Act does not apply to wetlands. (Jun 2006)
  • EPA's Clean Air Act can regulate pollutants but not CO2. (Apr 2007)
  • Can't sue polluters after they stop polluting. (Jan 2000)
  • Limit CWA restrictions to navigable waterways. (Jan 2001)
Antonin Scalia on Families & Children
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  • Rights are a zero-sum game; somebody loses rights. (Nov 2009)
  • 1st Amendment protects videogame violence as "speech". (Jun 2011)
  • Child upbringing is an unalienable right. (Jun 2000)
  • Rape victims cannot sue their alleged attackers. (May 2000)
Antonin Scalia on Foreign Policy
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  • Broad discretionary authority for the president. (May 2006)
  • Foreign laws ought to be rejected out of hand. (Sep 2005)
  • Vienna Convention treaty not binding on US courts. (Mar 2008)
Antonin Scalia on Free Trade
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Antonin Scalia on Government Reform
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  • Key to 2000 Bush v. Gore: don't count new discoveries. (Nov 2010)
  • For states’ rights; limit court role. (Dec 2000)
  • Public campaign finance can't be based on opponent spending. (Jun 2011)
Antonin Scalia on Gun Control
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  • Felons may possess guns unless state explicitly prohibits it. (Jun 1998)
  • Right to gun ownership is individual, not collective. (Jun 2008)
Antonin Scalia on Health Care
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  • OpEd: sympathetic to labeling ObamaCare unconstitutional. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: Commerce regulation beliefs indicate ObamaCare support. (Mar 2010)
  • States cannot ban cigarette ads near schools. (Jun 2001)
  • States have no authority to protect patient rights. (Jun 2002)
  • States decide insurance issues, not federal government. (Jun 2006)
  • Federal law pre-empts state laws on generic drug warning. (Jun 2011)
Antonin Scalia on Homeland Security
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  • Guantanamo rights cause more Americans to be killed. (Jun 2008)
  • All-male military schools like VMI should stay all-male. (Dec 2003)
  • US must charge crimes or suspend habeas to hold citizen. (Jun 2004)
  • No statute gives habeas review for non-citizens outside US. (Jun 2004)
Antonin Scalia on Immigration
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  • AZ feels besieged by immigrants & feds unwilling to fix it. (Mar 2013)
  • No judicial limit on detaining illegal immigrants. (Jun 2001)
  • Automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes. (Jun 2001)
  • INS may hold suspects for deportation, but habeas applies. (Apr 2003)
  • AZ may revoke licenses for hiring unauthorized aliens. (May 2011)
Antonin Scalia on Jobs
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  • No back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing. (Mar 2002)
  • Public agencies can make unilateral rules for comp time. (May 2000)
Antonin Scalia on Principles & Values
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  • Founders engaged in explicitly religious official acts. (Nov 2010)
  • Originalism is the way to interpret the Constitution. (Feb 2009)
Antonin Scalia on Social Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Antonin Scalia on Tax Reform
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  • Railroads can sue for tax exemptions on other diesel users. (Feb 2011)
Antonin Scalia on Technology
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  • Newspapers may not electronically reprint without permission. (Aug 2009)
Antonin Scalia on War & Peace
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Antonin Scalia on Welfare & Poverty
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VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Since Framers didn't allow abortion, the issue is settled: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Leave abortion to states; Court should get out of this area: Opposes topic 1
Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided & should be overturned: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
All-male military schools like VMI should stay all-male: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Limit employer liability for sexual harassment by employees: Opposes topic 2
Employee must prove negligence to sue city for harassment: Opposes topic 2
Sociological analysis insufficient to prove gender bias: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Hate crimes must be separate crimes, not just for sentencing: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Rape victims cannot sue their alleged attackers: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Fear the judicial imposition of homosexual marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Coloradans entitled to be hostile toward homosexual conduct: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Opposed banning homosexual sodomy laws: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Don't recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Don't recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Opposing homosexuality not as reprehensible as racial bias: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Legal sodomy leads to legal incest, adultery, & bestiality: Strongly Opposes topic 3
1st Amendment protects church's anti-gay funeral pickets: Opposes topic 3
State laws should not protect gay rights: Opposes topic 3
Boy Scouts may exclude gay scoutmasters: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Founders engaged in explicitly religious official acts: Strongly Favors topic 4
Unconstitutional to deny scholarships to divinity students: Strongly Favors topic 4
Paying taxes insufficient to oppose religious or any credits: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
OpEd: sympathetic to labeling ObamaCare unconstitutional: Opposes topic 5
OpEd: Commerce regulation beliefs indicate ObamaCare support: Favors topic 5
States cannot ban cigarette ads near schools: Opposes topic 5
States have no authority to protect patient rights: Strongly Opposes topic 5
States decide insurance issues, not federal government: Neutral on topic 5
Federal law pre-empts state laws on generic drug warning: Strongly Opposes topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Vouchers ok if neutral with respect to religion: Favors topic 7
Taxpayer funding OK for parochial school materials: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
"Navigable waters" should have permanent surface connection: Strongly Favors topic 8
Migratory birds don't extend CWA to isolated waters: Strongly Favors topic 8
Eminent domain should not take from poor to give to rich: Favors topic 8
Clean Water Act does not apply to wetlands: Strongly Favors topic 8
Can't sue polluters after they stop polluting: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Scientific testing requires live testimony in criminal cases: Strongly Opposes topic 9
International Court not grounds for stay of execution: Strongly Favors topic 9
Fleeing the police is reasonable grounds for a search: Favors topic 9
Shorten time between sentencing and executions: Strongly Favors topic 9
OK to lengthen prison sentences retroactively: Favors topic 9
Miranda rights can be overruled by Congress: Strongly Favors topic 9
Life-sentence alternative doesn't affect death sentence: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Felons may possess guns unless state explicitly prohibits it: Favors topic 10
Right to gun ownership is individual, not collective: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Protect private property from government regulations: Opposes topic 11
Railroads can sue for tax exemptions on other diesel users: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
AZ feels besieged by immigrants & feds unwilling to fix it: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No judicial limit on detaining illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
Automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing: Strongly Opposes topic 12
INS may hold suspects for deportation, but habeas applies: Opposes topic 12
AZ may revoke licenses for hiring unauthorized aliens: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Sovereign immunity only applies to foreign-owned companies: Opposes topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+2 points on Social scale)
Foreign laws ought to be rejected out of hand: Strongly Favors topic 14
US must charge crimes or suspend habeas to hold citizen: Strongly Opposes topic 14
No statute gives habeas review for non-citizens outside US: Strongly Favors topic 14
Vienna Convention treaty not binding on US courts: Strongly Favors topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Public campaign finance can't be based on opponent spending: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Broad discretionary authority for the president: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Don't lump all companies when evaluating carbon emissions: Opposes topic 18
No disclosure needed by Cheney energy task force: Strongly Opposes topic 18
EPA's Clean Air Act can regulate pollutants but not CO2: Opposes topic 18
Clean Air Act displaced federal common law on CO2 emissions: Strongly Favors topic 18
Limit CWA restrictions to navigable waterways: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
Sentences should stand despite crack-vs.-powder rule change: Favors topic 19
Tactile inspection for drugs should be legal, like visual: Strongly Favors topic 19
Roadblocks with drug-sniffing dogs are OK: Strongly Favors topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)

Antonin Scalia is a Hard-Core Conservative.
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