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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 10, 2010

Statement of Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, on the Nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the following statement on President Obama's selection of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court.

"President Obama has selected a nominee with a sound record of legal accomplishment. We call on the Senate to give Solicitor General Kagan a fair hearing and look forward to learning more about her views on the right to privacy and the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. President Obama recently reiterated his strong support for constitutional principles that protect women's rights. We will work to ensure Americans receive clear answers to questions regarding these principles as this nomination process moves forward."

"Given the current composition of the court, we will assess Solicitor General Kagan's complete record on privacy and other relevant issues in the same way we did during Justice Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation process. Unlike Chief Justice Roberts or Justice Alito, each of whom had anti-choice records before coming to the Supreme Court, Justice Sotomayor articulated several times throughout her hearing that the constitutional right to privacy includes the right to choose, and thus we supported her nomination for a seat on the nation's highest court."

Additional Resources:

Learn more about the Supreme Court's decisions on key cases related to reproductive rights (PDF).

Learn more about retiring Justice Stevens' decisions on choice-related cases (PDF).

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Samantha Gordon, 202.973.3032


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