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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

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NAF Denounces Confirmation of Priscilla Owen

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

We are extremely disappointed that an extreme, activist, anti-choice nominee, Priscilla Owen, today was confirmed for a lifetime appointment to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The final vote count, 56-43, demonstrates that she didn't have a consensus of 60 votes, which the majority of Americans believe is important for confirming lifetime judicial appointments.

There was broad opposition against Owen's nomination from civil, women's, environmental, disability, and worker's rights groups. She has disregarded established precedent and rewritten legislative intent in her attempts to push her radical agenda. Owen has voted against a woman's right to choose in almost every case concerning reproductive rights she has heard. Even President Bush's own Attorney General and former White House Counsel, Alberto Gonzales, has called Owen's opinion where she attempted to impose religious and other strict criteria in a judicial bypass case an act of "unconscionable judicial activism." Owen is clearly unfit for a lifetime appointment to a federal judgeship.

NAF will continue to oppose extreme nominees that would jeopardize the rights and freedoms that Americans hold dear, particularly a woman's right to choose.

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