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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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NAF Congratulates Tom Perez on Confirmation

Statement of Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF):

Today, we commend the Senate for confirming Tom Perez as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice by a 72-22 margin. We congratulate Mr. Perez on his confirmation, and we look forward to working with him.

Perez is exceptionally qualified for this position. Throughout his career he has demonstrated a commitment to civil rights enforcement, having worked as a career prosecutor in the Civil Rights Division, where he also served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Section and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Perez currently serves as Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation for the state of Maryland.

The Civil Rights Division is critical to the enforcement of important laws that impact reproductive health care providers and the women they serve, including the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE). Since this law was enacted in 1994, the enforcement of FACE has led to a decrease in major acts of violence against abortion providers.

NAF has strongly supported Perez's nomination, and we are confident that he has the commitment and experience necessary for this important post.

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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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