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May 1, 2003


Communications Department

NAF Supports Filibuster of 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Nominee Priscilla Owen

Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation

Washington, DC -The National Abortion Federation supports the Senate filibuster of Priscilla Owen, a nominee to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Owen was rejected by the Judiciary Committee last fall, primarily because of her judicial activism.

Owen's record is clear. In every opinion authored by Owen in abortion cases, she has voted against abortion rights, often disregarding established precedent, rewriting legislative intent, speaking derogatorily of abortion providers and women who choose abortion, and otherwise displaying an extreme lack of impartiality and judicial restraint. Her anti-choice judicial activism has even been called "unconscionable" by current White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales. Owen's appointment to the Fifth Circuit would have a devastating effect on women seeking reproductive health care in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

In voting to filibuster Owen's nomination, Senators are protecting the fundamental rights that Americans hold dear including the right of women to make their own reproductive health care decisions. We stand with and support the Senators who voted no on cloture today. We encourage these Senators to continue to stop the confirmation of judicial nominees who hold beliefs outside of those shared by mainstream Americans and who would turn back the clock on women's reproductive rights.

> NAF's full report on Priscilla Owen


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