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Thursday, June 9, 2005


NAF Communications Department

Pryor Confirmation Is an Assault on a Woman's Right to Choose

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

In just two weeks' time, the Senate has confirmed three extreme anti-choice judges. Pryor was confirmed by a final vote count of 53-45. As with the Owen and Rogers Brown confirmations, Pryor also did not achieve a consensus of 60 votes that the majority of Americans believe should be required for a judge receiving a lifetime appointment to the federal bench. When Pryor could not be confirmed by the Senate previously, President Bush gave him a recess appointment. This time, his confirmation will be for life.

The National Abortion Federation strongly opposed these three extreme anti-choice judicial nominees. Pryor, confirmed to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, has made no secret of his hostility to safe and legal abortion.

Pryor has called Roe v. Wade an "abominable decision." In 1997 he told the Wall Street Journal, "I will never forget Jan. 22, 1973, the day seven members of our highest court ripped the Constitution and ripped out the life of millions of unborn children." In 2003 he told the Senate Judiciary Committee, "I believe that not only is [Roe v. Wade] unsupported by the text and structure of the Constitution, but it has led to a morally wrong result."

Pryor's nomination had broad-based opposition from a wide range of progressive groups that work to advance civil rights, women's rights, worker's rights, and environmental justice.

NAF urges Senators to fully examine the records of future Bush judicial nominees, particularly those nominated when a vacancy occurs on the U.S. Supreme Court.


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