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Monday, January 9, 2006

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National Abortion Federation Calls on Senate Judiciary Committee to Reject Nomination of Samuel Alito

Washington, DC - The National Abortion Federation today called on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the nomination of Samuel Alito to be an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.

"Samuel Alito has proven time and again that he is far outside the mainstream," said Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of NAF. "His 15-year judicial record, job applications, and personal writings clearly demonstrate a hostility toward privacy and women's reproductive freedom. If confirmed, Alito would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, a precedent the majority of Americans want upheld."

There is a significant paper trail of judicial rulings and public comments made by Samuel Alito that detail his belief that Roe v. Wade should be overruled. Among them, Alito wrote on a 1985 job application, "I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government has argued in the Supreme Court that...the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion." While at the Justice Department, Alito proactively worked on a case that specifically argued that Roe should be overturned, even though that case wasn't assigned to him. While serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Judge Alito supported restricting access to abortion and limiting the right to privacy in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Alito's hostility toward abortion continued in a 2000 case in which he did not join the majority opinion in striking down a ban on abortion that lacked an exception to protect women's health. Instead, he wrote his own opinion making clear that he joined the decision only because he was required to follow Supreme Court precedent, something he no longer would be required to follow as a Supreme Court justice.

"This is a crucial nomination since it could dramatically shift the balance on the Supreme Court far to the right," said Saporta. "Sandra Day O'Connor was a swing vote upholding many rights and freedoms important to Americans, including a woman's right to a safe and legal abortion. Senators should listen to the majority of Americans who don't want to go backwards and who want a moderate justice to replace O'Connor. They should reject the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court."

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The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers in the United States and Canada. Our mission is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care to promote health and justice for women. Our members include health care professionals at clinics, doctors' offices, and hospitals, who together care for more than half the women in both countries who choose abortion each year. For more information, visit our website at www.prochoice.org

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