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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 8, 2005

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National Abortion Federation Urges Legislators to Support Schumer Amendment

Washington, DC - The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is calling on legislators to put anti-choice politics aside and help protect reproductive health care providers by supporting an amendment proposed by Sen. Charles Schumer (NY) to the bankruptcy bill.

Bankruptcy is back on the Congressional agenda after a lull of more than two years. In 2002, Sen. Schumer won Senate approval of an amendment that would have prevented anti-abortion extremists from declaring bankruptcy to avoid paying court judgments for violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. However, anti-choice members of the House rejected the amendment.

"Politicians who oppose this amendment are allowing violent extremists to violate federal law and then use a loophole in the bankruptcy code to escape accountability for their illegal actions," said Vicki Saporta, NAF President and CEO.

As the professional association of abortion providers, NAF has been documenting incidents of violence since 1977. In that time, there have been seven murders, 17 attempted murders, 41 bombings, 171 arsons, 100 butyric acid attacks, and 655 anthrax threats targeting abortion providers.

Using bankruptcy to avoid accountability for their crimes is a common tactic of violent anti-abortion extremists. "Laws protecting abortion providers and their patients lose their impact if extremists know they can exploit the bankruptcy code and avoid paying fines," said Saporta.

"Sen. Schumer's amendment helps to ensure that medical professionals can work in a safe environment and that women can obtain access to the care they need," concluded Saporta. "NAF urges lawmakers to approve this critical amendment."

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