|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
FEBRUARY 2, 2005
|CONTACT: NARAL Pro-Choice America
David Seldin at 202-607-7557
Ted Miller at 202-271-7686
Pro-Choice Leader Urges Bush to Answer Senator Clinton's Challenge on Reducing Abortion
President Should Use State of the Union Address to Call for Common Ground on Preventing Unintended Pregnancies
WASHINGTON -- February 2 -- As President Bush prepares to deliver his State of the Union Address, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the nation's leading advocate for personal privacy and a woman's right to choose, called on the President to answer the challenge presented in a recent speech by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton -- finding common ground between supporters and opponents of a woman's right to choose on steps to reduce unintended pregnancies, and with them the need for abortion.
We hope the President uses this speech to establish a different tone for his second administration. His message should be about unifying the American people, not continuing to divide them.
In a speech last week, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton reaffirmed what pro-choice Americans have long believed: there is common ground in the abortion debate. And today, NARAL Pro-Choice America invites President Bush to join us in helping pass at least three common-sense, common-ground policies this year that would reduce the need for abortion:
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reids Prevention First Act (S. 20) would be good place to start. Senator Reid understands that, although people may disagree on choice, we can find common ground on a prevention agenda.
In addition to these policy changes, the American people want a deliberative, thoughtful process in the event of a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
The President should use his address to the public to announce that he will seek consensus in filling any Supreme Court vacancies, following in the footsteps of President Clinton who consulted with Senator Orrin Hatch and picked nominees who could receive broad bipartisan support. It is clear that the Presidents extreme far-right supporters are pushing him to use the likely vacancy on the Supreme Court to put in motion a plan to overturn Roe v. Wade. But the President knows that the vast majority of Americans are opposed to overturning Roe v. Wade and want a moderate nominee for the Supreme Court.
The ball is now in the Presidents court. We hope that tomorrows speech reflects his desire to move toward the mainstream and join the majority of Americans who want to work on these important issues facing our country.