NARAL Pro-Choice America
MAY 16, 2005
9:09 AM
CONTACT: NARAL Pro-Choice America 
Ted Miller, 202-973-3032
NARAL Pro-Choice America Floods Senate with Anti-"Nuclear Option" Calls
Largest pro-choice advocacy group's activists make thousands of calls directly to senators to halt GOP power grab

WASHINGTON -- May 16 -- NARAL Pro-Choice America, the nation's leading advocate of personal privacy and a woman's right to choose, activated a national campaign in targeted states to link Americans directly with their senators to urge them to oppose the "nuclear option," an effort by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to radically restructure the nation's courts.

"The majority of Americans know the 'nuclear option' is a dangerous power grab by the far right designed to clear the path for President George W. Bush's most divisive anti-choice judicial nominees. We're pulling out all the stops in our efforts to disarm the 'nuclear option.' This vote could come down to a handful of senators, and we're making sure that they hear from their constituents," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. "Reducing the Senate to a rubber stamp for President Bush's ultra-conservative judicial nominees is a terrifying prospect. Americans expect far more from their elected officials."

The patch-through calls target Republican Senators in 12 states. Approximately 430,000 activists received a call from NARAL Pro-Choice America’s president, Nancy Keenan, allowing the activists to be “patched-through” directly to their Senator’s office. The calls are part of NARAL Pro-Choice America’s "Choose Justice" campaign. NARAL Pro-Choice America has mobilized its volunteer base in every part of the country and generated 100,000 petition signatures to senators urging them to oppose the "nuclear option."