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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

CONTACT:

NAF Communications Department
202-667-5881
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National Abortion Federation Mourns the Loss of Senator Kennedy

Statement of Cathleen M. Mahoney, Executive Vice President of the National Abortion Federation (NAF):

Today, we join the nation in mourning the loss of a great American statesman, Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Our condolences go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.

Throughout his distinguished career, Senator Kennedy fought for those Americans most in need. His tireless advocacy and leadership led to the passage of historic legislation that has challenged discrimination, protected workers, and preserved civil liberties. His long tenure on the Senate Judiciary Committee helped ensure that our nation's judges continue to protect the Constitution and the civil rights of all Americans. He was also a leading voice for health care reform and devoted his final years to this work despite being diagnosed with a debilitating illness.

Senator Kennedy was a true champion for women's equality and reproductive rights. He was instrumental in the passage of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which has helped keep abortion providers and their patients safe. His tireless advocacy during more than 40 years in the Senate for the rights of women and health care providers will certainly be missed.

As we mourn the loss of this great American, we call on Senator Kennedy's colleagues in Congress to remember his words that "the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives" and to continue his life's work in honor of his dedication to this country and the American people.

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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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