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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, January 26, 2006

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NAF Communications Department
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The National Abortion Federation Calls on Senators to Filibuster the Nomination of Samuel Alito
Statement of Vicki Saporta, NAF President and CEO:

Today, the National Abortion Federation calls on Senators to use the filibuster to stop the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito because of his extreme views on the right to privacy and Roe v. Wade. We don't take this step lightly. In our 29-year history, NAF has never advocated for the filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee, but these are extraordinary circumstances. Now that the Senate leadership has publicly announced 51 votes in favor of confirming Alito, we must urge Senators who care about preserving women's reproductive freedom to use the filibuster to stop Alito's elevation to the Supreme Court.

The majority of Americans want Senators to consider a nominee's judicial philosophy when voting on their confirmation. Further, a majority of Americans believe that lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court are so important that it should take a supermajority of 60 votes to confirm a nominee. Americans want a moderate justice to replace Sandra Day O'Connor and do not want the balance on the Supreme Court to shift dramatically to the right.

Samuel Alito is not a consensus nominee. Instead, President Bush gave us a divisive, ideologically driven candidate who has a long, public record of opposition to women's reproductive freedom. Alito will undoubtedly be a vote to weaken and even overturn Roe v. Wade. He does not share the views held by the majority of Americans who want Roe upheld.

When the so-called 'Gang of Fourteen' saved the filibuster last spring, Senators from both sides of the aisle agreed that it would be used only in extraordinary circumstances and this certainly qualifies. Putting Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court, where he would have the power to make and break precedent for years to come, would endanger the rights and liberties that Americans hold dear.

Two-thirds of Americans support a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion. Senators should respect the wishes of the American people and keep Samuel Alito off the Supreme Court. We urge all pro-choice Senators to stand up for women's lives and health and filibuster this nominee."

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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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