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NAF: Reject Extreme Nominees to the Supreme Court

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  • james m nordlund
    With the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O Connor, President Bush has the opportunity to influence the United States Supreme Court and the rights of Americans
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2005
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      With the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, President Bush
      has the opportunity to influence the United States Supreme Court and
      the rights of Americans for decades to come. The vacancy left by
      Justice O'Connor poses a significant threat to women's reproductive
      rights in the United States. While Justice O'Connor voted to uphold
      restrictions on a woman's right to choose, she also cast pivotal
      votes in cases preserving the principles of Roe. President Bush now
      has the ability to shatter the fragile five to four balance that
      currently protects women's access to safe and legal abortion in the
      United States.

      President Bush has a record of nominating extreme candidates to the
      federal bench who don't share the views held by a majority of
      Americans. He has appointed virulently anti-choice appellate court
      judges such as Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen, and William Pryor
      to the federal courts. All have demonstrated an overwhelming
      hostility to Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose, and were
      clearly unfit to serve lifetime appointments.

      President Bush has also stated his admiration for current Supreme
      Court justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, both of whom
      believe Roe should be overturned. Justice Scalia has called
      Roe "plainly wrong" and compares abortion to polygamy, incest, and
      suicide. Justice Thomas has consistently voted against the
      protections of privacy and a woman's right to choose and has called
      the Roe decision "grievously wrong." A nominee to the Supreme Court
      who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade cannot be tolerated.

      Your action is needed to tell Senators that you would oppose approval
      of nominees with such extreme views. While it is clear that Americans
      oppose nominees who would weaken privacy protections and the rights
      of women and believe that nominees should share their views on such
      issues, President Bush's record suggests he will try to pack the
      court to further his agenda of restricting a woman's right to choose.

      It is essential that the Senate confirm a nominee to the Supreme
      Court who respects the established precedent of Roe v. Wade and
      honors the United States Constitution's protection of a woman's right
      to a safe and legal abortion.

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      Visit NAF's Action for Choice and urge your Senators to reject
      nominees who do not state their support for a woman's right to
      choose.
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