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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, October 3, 2005

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NAF Communications Department
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The National Abortion Federation Calls on the U.S. Senate to Thoroughly Ascertain Harriet Miers' Judicial Philosophy Regarding the Right to Privacy and Roe v. Wade

Statement of Vicki Saporta, NAF President and CEO

Today, President Bush nominated his personal attorney and close friend Harriet Miers to the United States Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Given the lack of a public record by Miers regarding Americans' fundamental rights and freedoms, we urge the Senate to conduct a full and thorough examination of her legal views. The Senate must fully exercise its "advise and consent" responsibilities and ascertain Miers' judicial philosophy on the right to privacy, women's rights, and Roe v. Wade.

We cannot support a nominee who gives evasive non-answers to crucial questions. Miers must answer all questions from Senate Judiciary Committee members fully and completely. The stakes are even higher with this nomination. Roe v. Wade currently hangs in the balance, with retiring Justice O'Connor providing the crucial swing vote in favor of women's reproductive freedom. An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that Roe should be upheld and will not tolerate returning to the days when women had to sacrifice their lives and health to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. We look forward to a thorough and complete hearing.

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