- October 2 - Statement of NARAL Pro-Choice America President Kate Michelman.
Charles Pickerings re-nomination shows just how committed President Bush is to cementing a far-right takeover of the federal courts. Pickering, a founding father of the anti-choice movement, does not deserve a seat on the federal bench.
A lifetime opponent of the right to choose, Pickering led the Republican Party to add a platform plank calling for a constitutional ban on abortion. In other leadership roles, Pickering sought to ban abortion in all instances except to save the life of the woman. His activism is clear; his disdain for Roe v. Wade is even clearer.
Members and supporters of NARAL Pro-Choice America turned out in droves to express their outrage at Pickerings re-nomination. Tens of thousands have contacted their leaders in Congress.
President Bush clearly has little respect for the Senates constitutional co-equal role in appointing and confirming judges; Pickerings re-nomination confirms this. NARAL Pro-Choice America calls on the Senate to reject the Bush philosophy and this nomination.