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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, January 12, 2006

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NAF Communications Department
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NAF Again Calls on U.S. Senate to Reject the Nomination of Samuel Alito:
Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation

"For three days, Senators tried repeatedly to have Judge Alito comment on his history of hostility to women's reproductive freedom, without success. Even though his record contained numerous examples of his opposition to a woman's right to choose, Alito responded as though his views on Roe v. Wade were off the table.

"Alito's silence on abortion and his refusal to distance himself from his past statements speaks for itself. Alito was willing to talk about many areas of jurisprudence and readily acknowledged that the one person one vote principle and the right to contraception were "settled law." But he refused to acknowledge that Roe was "settled law," even though it has been precedent for over 30 years and has been consistently reaffirmed by the Supreme Court. Further, he refused to confirm whether or not he still believed in his 1985 statement that "the Constitution does not protect the right to an abortion." We can therefore only conclude that he still believes it does not.

"Alito may say that Roe is "precedent," but this does nothing to assuage our fear that he would vote to weaken or overturn Roe if confirmed. Having an "open mind" on a women's right to choose is not the same as saying the Constitution protects that right. As a Supreme Court Justice, Alito would not be bound by precedent. Instead, he would have the power to make and break precedent that could affect Americans for generations to come.

"We needed this nominee to give us straight answers. Instead, we got evasive non-answers. We have no choice but again to call upon the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the nomination of Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court. His views on Roe v. Wade and women's reproductive freedom are clearly at odds with the American public. Two-thirds of Americans want Roe to be upheld and will not tolerate a return to the days when women had to sacrifice their lives and health to terminate an unwanted pregnancy."

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