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OCTOBER 2, 2003
12:38 PM
CONTACT: NARAL Pro-Choice America 
David Seldin (202) 973-3032
Pickering's Back - But the Same as Ever

WASHINGTON - October 2 - Statement of NARAL Pro-Choice America President Kate Michelman.

Charles Pickering’s 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 Pickering’s re-nomination. Tens of thousands have contacted their leaders in Congress.

President Bush clearly has little respect for the Senate’s constitutional co-equal role in appointing and confirming judges; Pickering’s re-nomination confirms this. NARAL Pro-Choice America calls on the Senate to reject the Bush philosophy – and this nomination.


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