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The Maine Women's Lobby is dedicated to legislative action on behalf of Maine women and girls. Since our formation in 1978, we have held true to the vision that women and girls should have economic security, access to health care, and freedom from violence and discrimination.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Maine Women's Lobby Opposes Judge Roberts

August 26th marked the 85th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. The Maine Women's Lobby took advantage of this historic occasion to speak out about the nomination of Judge Roberts to the United States Supreme Court based on his record of opposition to reproductive privacy, discrimination law and equal rights. Read our press release below...

On Women’s Equality Day, the Maine Women’s Lobby will join members of the Maine Choice Coalition in urging the protection of women’s rights. Donning sashes and carrying banners in the style of the suffragettes, advocates will stand together and call upon Senator Snowe and Senator Collins to withhold their support for John Roberts unless he can demonstrate commitment to uphold these rights and freedoms.

“Since Judge Roberts’ nomination was first announced, we have called for a fair and thorough evaluation of his record and judicial philosophy,” says Sarah Standiford, Executive Director of the Maine Women’s Lobby. “After careful review of the available record, we have not seen that John Roberts’ judicial philosophy is consistent with the goals of equal rights for women. He has failed to demonstrate a commitment to upholding fundamental rights and liberties such as the right to privacy. Indeed, he has sought, time after time, to narrow and roll back protections for women—including protections against discrimination against women in education, athletics, and the workplace.”

Noting troubling statements released in a 1984 memo on the subject of wage discrimination, Standiford continues, “We are immensely concerned by Roberts’ attitude towards the right to equal pay for jobs of equal skill, effort, and responsibility. His remarks on the subject of pay equity, calling it ‘staggeringly pernicious’ and ‘anti-capitalist’ are far behind the modern consensus on equal pay that Maine government, decision-makers, and citizens share.”

The Senate must take its Constitutional advice and consent role seriously when confirming a justice to this nation’s highest court. “Roberts is clearly a bright and well-respected justice,” commented Standiford. “But the next justice on the nation’s highest court must display more than a bright legal mind. He must also display a commitment to protecting our most basic rights
and liberties. This is a lifetime appointment, one that will have an impact on our lives for decades to come. It is for this reason that we are compelled to oppose this nominee.”