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Date: November-14-03
Contact: Erin Carmany or Norma Gattsek
Phone: (703) 522-2214

Feminist Majority Supports Filibusters of Anti-Women Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Feminist Majority commends Senate Democrats for holding strong and filibustering the Administrations anti-women nominees to the Federal Courts of Appeals.

We stand proudly with these champions of womens rightsthe Senators who have worked literally night and day to block the stacking of the Federal Courts of Appeals with reactionary nominees, said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority.

Joining with a broad coalition of womens rights, civil rights, labor rights and environmental groups, Smeal urged the Senate to continue to hold the line against the ongoing campaign by the right wing to take over the Federal Courts of Appeals.

The Federal Courts of Appeals are the final arbiters in the vast majority of litigation. It is an outrage, said Smeal, that the courts are being filled with anti-civil rights and anti-womens rights candidates.

It is painful to support the filibuster of a womans appointment, Smeal continued. But, we have learned that a woman in a position of power who opposes womens rights is often used to justify discrimination. The records of these nominees, including the women, in the areas of abortion rights and womens rights are so extreme that their confirmations would ensure that the courts of last resort in so many states would become dead ends for women.

Smeal called attempts by Republican Senators to label themselves pro-woman a disinformation campaign. We are not fooled, she said. Pro-woman means supporting the issues that are essential to womens equalityabortion rights, the right to privacy, and equality in the workplace and in schools. The Senators who filibuster these nominees are showing us what it means to be womens rights supporters.

The Feminist Majority is a member of the Coalition for a Fair and Independent Judiciarya group of civil rights, womens rights, disability, Latino, lesbian and gay rights and labor groups that is fighting President Bushs campaign to stack the courts with right-wing judges.

The Feminist Majority is a national, cutting edge, public policy organization dedicated to advancing womens equality. For more information on the Feminist Majority, visit