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February 12, 2008

Pro-Choice Activists Urge Senators to Reject President Bush's Latest Attempt to Stack the Courts with Far-Right Ideologues

Divisive judicial nominee who led failed effort to outlaw abortion in Wyoming appears before Senate Judiciary Committee

Washington, DC – As the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded its hearing on Bush judicial nominee Richard Honaker today, the leaders of NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming said that they will redouble their efforts to stop this anti-choice activist from getting a lifetime appointment to the federal bench.

Sharon Breitweiser, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming, who worked against Honaker's legislative attacks on choice when he served in the state legislature, said the public shouldn't accept Honaker's recent claims that his personal views on abortion won't affect his decisions as a judge.

"Richard Honaker has a long history of working to end legal abortion," Breitweiser said. "Regardless of what he now might say, his deplorable record against women's freedom and privacy speaks for itself."

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the committee has an obligation to stop Bush from continuing to stack the federal courts with right-wing ideologues.

"It is long past time for the Senate to tell Bush, 'Enough is enough.' Bush will leave office in less than a year, but if Honaker is confirmed, Wyoming residents will be subject to Bush's brand of ideological anti-choice extremism for years to come," Keenan said.

As The New York Times wrote yesterday about Honaker's nomination, "Richard Honaker, Mr. Bush's nominee for the District Court in Wyoming, is an extreme anti-abortion activist with troubling views on the role of religion in public life." The Times even called Honaker "patently unsuitable."

Since the announcement of Honaker's nomination, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming have worked to expose his record and inform senators about the dangers posed by this nomination. Several Wyoming- and D.C.-based organizations signed a letter organized by NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming and NARAL Pro-Choice America in opposition to the Honaker nomination. In addition, NARAL Pro-Choice America activists have sent more than 72,000 emails to the Senate opposing Honaker.

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