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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

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Miers' Record on Abortion Rights Raises Serious Concerns: Supreme Court Nominee Supported Constitutional Amendment to Ban Abortion

The National Abortion Federation today expressed grave concerns about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers' written answers to a candidate questionnaire issued by Texas United For Life in 1989. In response to questions contained in the document, Miers - then running for the Dallas City Council - indicated that she would support a constitutional amendment banning abortion except when necessary to save the life of the mother. In the candidate survey, Miers also pledged to oppose using public money to fund abortion procedures and agreed to use her office to promote the anti-choice cause.

"We are extremely troubled that Miers said she would support a constitutional ban on abortion," said Vicki Saporta, NAF president and CEO. "Given her support of such extreme measures, the Senate Judiciary Committee must closely question Miers about her judicial philosophy on the right to privacy and Roe v. Wade. The committee must fully exercise its advise and consent responsibilities and determine if Miers' views expressed in 1989 are her views today. Vague non-answers to crucial questions about the rights and freedoms that protect Americans are not acceptable. We cannot support a nominee who would jeopardize women's health."

If confirmed, Miers would replace Sandra Day O'Connor, who has been the crucial swing vote on the court and who has cast the deciding votes to uphold Roe v. Wade in past cases. The vast majority of Americans do not want to see Roe overturned and will not tolerate a return to the days when women had to compromise their lives and health to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The stakes are extremely high for women's health and it is crucial that the Senate fully investigate Miers' judicial philosophy on the right to privacy and the right of women to access safe, legal abortion care.

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