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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, October 31, 2005

Nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court poses threat to Our Rights and Freedoms

“President Bush’s decision to nominate Judge Samuel Alito, Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court threatens the rights and liberties that Maine people hold dear.

President Bush had the opportunity to nominate a consensus nominee who would unite Americans, but instead he chose to nominate someone whose record indicates that he will divide this country and potentially roll back years of judicial precedent. It is deeply disturbing that President Bush chose to placate far right political groups instead of nominating someone who could earn broad bipartisan support.

As a judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Alito has argued to turn back the clock on civil rights, protections for working families, and women’s health and safety in cases such as the following:

Planned Parenthood v. Casey: Judge Alito voted to uphold the provision of a Pennsylvania law that would require women to notify their spouses before receiving an abortion.

Family Medical Leave Act: In one of his lower court decisions Judge Alito worked to invalidate part of the Family Medical Leave Act.

Employment Protections: Judge Alito has dissented on numerous opinions involving worker protections, making it harder to prove race and sex discrimination on the job.

All Maine people should have grave concerns about this nomination. We ask Senator Snowe and Senator Collins to conduct a thorough and probing evaluation of his record and judicial philosophy to determine whether he deserves a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court.”