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Statement of Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, on the Nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the
following statement on President Obama's selection of federal appeals
court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to succeed retiring Justice David Souter on
the U.S. Supreme Court.

"President Obama has selected a nominee with a distinguished record
of professional accomplishments as a judge, prosecutor, and community
leader. This impressive personal biography signals that she possesses
an understanding of how the law affects everyday people's lives,"
Keenan said. "We are encouraged by the strong support she receives from
her peers and other legal scholars and the fact that the Senate has
twice confirmed her for federal judgeships. We look forward to learning
more about Judge Sotomayor's views on the right to privacy and the
landmark Roe v. Wade decision as the Senate's hearing process moves forward."

Following is a summary of Judge Sotomayor's professional background:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Princeton University, 1976
  • Juris Doctorate, Yale University Law School, 1979
  • Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney's Office, 1979-1984
  • Associate, Partner, Pavia & Harcourt, 1984-1992
  • U.S. District Court Judge, Southern District of New York, 1992-1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, Second Circuit, 1998-present


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NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as "one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America."

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