WASHINGTON - January 16 - Statement by Kate Michelman, President, NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Just days before Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Day and mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, George Bush has given us a timely reminder of the need to stand up for the freedoms we cherish. With a ruthless disregard for our hard fought rights, the President is stepping up his campaign to place a far right stranglehold on the federal courts.
Charles Pickering is a lifelong anti-choice extremist. He spearheaded the Republican Party platform plank calling for a constitutional amendment outlawing a womans right to choose and has fought to ban abortion in all instances except to save the life but not the health -- of the woman.
Forcing Pickerings elevation after Senators rejected him in two separate Congresses is a slap in the face of everyone who believes that government should stay out of our personal decisions. Doing it when you think people wont be paying attention is the worst kind of political gamesmanship.
George Bush may think he can get away with yet another holiday weekend sneak attack on a womans right to choose. But pro-choice Americans will remember this MLK Day outrage when Election Day rolls around.