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November 14, 2008

Bush Nominee Richard Honaker's Withdrawal Marks Pro-Choice Grassroots Victory

NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming and NARAL Pro-Choice America channeled more than 65,000 messages to the Senate opposing Honaker's nomination

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said anti-choice activist Richard Honaker's public acknowledgement that his nomination will expire means one fewer George W. Bush nominee will get lifetime employment on the federal bench.

Honaker made his announcement in a column published in today's edition of the Casper Star-Tribune.

Keenan credited Sharon Breitweser, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming, who led successful efforts to stop Honaker's multiple attacks on legal abortion, for putting the nominee and his supporters on the defensive.

"Working in partnership with NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming, we were proud to channel more than 65,000 messages from across the country in opposition to Honaker's nomination," Keenan said. "This is a grassroots victory for the values of freedom and privacy over Bush's attempt to give another lifetime judicial appointment to an anti-choice activist."

While serving in the Wyoming legislature, Honaker put his extremist belief that "abortion kills innocent human beings" into action by twice pushing for legislation that would have placed a near-total ban on abortion services in the state. When his legislative efforts failed, Honaker, undaunted, joined forces with an anti-choice advocacy group to advance the proposal as a ballot initiative – a measure that Wyoming voters overwhelmingly rejected.

Honaker's anti-choice activism was a central issue during a hearing on his nomination before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Since the announcement of Honaker's nomination nearly two years ago, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming worked to expose his record and warn 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 sent more than 65,000 emails to the Senate opposing Honaker.

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