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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

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NAF Communications Department
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NAF Condemns Confirmation of Janice Rogers Brown

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

The National Abortion Federation is disappointed that the Senate has confirmed yet another extreme anti-choice judge. Even worse this time, Janice Rogers Brown has been confirmed to the highly influential DC Circuit Court, often a stepping stone to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As with the recent confirmation of Priscilla Owen, the final vote count of 56-43 for Rogers Brown shows that there was not a consensus of 60 votes. The majority of Americans believe that a judge receiving a lifetime appointment should have at least 60 votes to be confirmed.

Rogers Brown's nomination also had broad-based opposition from civil rights, women's rights, and worker's rights groups. Concerning a woman's right to choose, Rogers Brown disagreed with fellow members of the California Supreme Court when they struck down a parental involvement statute that clearly violated California's state constitution.

Rogers Brown is not qualified for a lifetime appointment. Her own state bar association, the California State Bar, found her unqualified for her position on the California Supreme Court. She has even gone so far as to describe her colleagues' judicial opinions to be "bizarre," "schizophrenic," and "lame."

We urge Senators to continue to fully examine the records of President Bush's nominees, particularly those who will be nominated when a vacancy occurs on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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