Near the end of debate, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R.-Utah, argued the Democrats’ objections -– contrary to what they have said -- boils down to only one issue.
“This is about abortion,” Hatch said. “That is the be-all and end-all issue of those who oppose Judge Alito.... That’s what is driving them, and that is what the outside, special interest, left-wing groups are using to drive them. The 800-pound precedent in the room is Roe v. Wade. That is the decision Judge Alito's opponents want left alone at all costs.”
Ask any Mormon why they are Republican. 85% of them say it's all about abortion.
Orrin Hatch has won for 30 years on abortion.
Also, from a Press Release from the Ashdown camp:
...[W]ere I Utah's Senator, I would vote against confirming Judge Samuel Alito to the US Supreme Court. During these times of rigorous debate over Executive power, I am concerned that Judge Alito's positions put him in favor of the Executive branch over the Legislative and Judicial. We need a nominee who values not only constitutional balance of power, but gives balanced judgments neither conservative nor liberal."
I see no mention of Abortion there, Mr Hatch.