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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 14, 2002

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National Abortion Federation Urges Defeat of Nomination of Charles Pickering to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Calls on Senate Majority Leader Daschle to Prevent Floor Vote If Pickering Nomination Defeated in Committee

Washington, DC - "Today's vote is a critical one for the women and families living in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas," said Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF). "The debate over the last few weeks, contrary to what Pickering's supporters have stated, has been about those families and their unwillingness to have one more judge appointed to the Fifth Circuit who would roll back their rights."

"This is not about politics, it's about women's lives," said Robin Rothrock, administrator for the Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, Louisiana, and a longtime member of the National Abortion Federation. Rothrock was a member of a delegation of residents from the Fifth Circuit who recently came to Washington, DC to voice her opposition to Pickering's nomination. "As someone who has been involved in the provision of quality abortion care for over 20 years, I'm opposed to the confirmation of Charles Pickering because I have witnessed firsthand the harmful effect that restrictive abortion laws have on the women of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The women in the Fifth Circuit deserve to have a judge who will preserve, not take away, their right to make their own safe, reproductive health care decisions without government interference."

"We applaud those Senators on the Judiciary Committee who have decided to vote against the confirmation of Judge Pickering," added Saporta. "We hope that the Senate will respect the decision of the committee as final. And we hope that a defeat of Charles Pickering will send the message to President Bush that Americans do not want judges confirmed to lifetime appointments whose views are outside those of mainstream America."

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