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April 9, 2010

NARAL Pro-Choice America Statement on Dawn Johnsen

Washington, D. C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the following statement regarding Prof. Dawn Johnsen's decision to withdraw her name from consideration as President Obama's nominee to lead the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice.

"It is a sad day for our democracy when political obstruction in the U.S. Senate prevents an eminently qualified individual like Prof. Johnsen from serving in a pivotal position at the Department of Justice.

"The American people have grown tired of seeing senators, particularly Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), put their rigid ideological agenda before the common good. Even though Prof. Johnsen had the bipartisan support of her home-state senators, many right-wing organizations and their allies in the Senate relentlessly attacked and distorted her record.

"NARAL Pro-Choice America and our supporters were proud to stand behind Prof. Johnsen as she withstood these attacks. Without a doubt, she will continue to distinguish herself as one of our country's most respected legal scholars."

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