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Tuesday, January 24, 2006


NAF Communications Department

Senate Committee Vote a Setback for Individual Privacy & Reproductive Freedom:
NAF Urges Full Senate to Reject Alito

Washington, DC - Reacting to today's Senate Judiciary Committee vote that sends Samuel Alito's nomination to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on to the full Senate, the National Abortion Federation's Vicki Saporta called the move "a dangerous setback for individual privacy and women's reproductive freedom." The committee voted 10-8 to send the nomination on to the next step, a process expected to begin next week.

"The Judiciary Committee put politics ahead of protecting women's lives and health when they accepted Samuel Alito's nomination," said Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation. "The hearings reinforced our view that Alito poses a grave threat to women's reproductive freedom. Alito was given ample opportunity to distance himself from his anti-choice record, but he did not do so. We therefore can only assume that his past anti-choice statements represent his current judicial philosophy."

In the hearings, Alito stated that his belief that the Constitution does not protect the right to an abortion was an accurate representation of his legal philosophy. He also stated that stare decisis, the principle of following precedent, was not "an inexorable command." Additionally, in 1985 Judge Alito drafted a specific and detailed strategy memo for eviscerating Roe, outlining a plan for using the submission of a government brief to "bring about the eventual overruling of Roe v. Wade."

"The radical right got what it wanted in Samuel Alito: a conservative, judicial activist who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade," said Saporta. "With this nomination, President Bush fulfilled his promise to nominate a conservative justice in the mold of Antonin Scalia. Alito would replace Sandra Day O'Connor, the crucial swing vote on a number of cases relating to women's rights, including a woman's right to a safe and legal abortion. If confirmed, many of the rights and liberties which make up the core values of our country would be at the mercy of a conservative majority on the Supreme Court."

"Senators should listen to the majority of Americans who don't want to roll back our freedoms and liberties and who want a moderate justice to replace O'Connor. We again call on the Senate to reject the nomination of Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court."


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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