In a straight party-line vote (10-8), the Senate Judiciary Committee voted this morning to approve Alito’s confirmation, sending the debate to the Senate floor. “The strong statements from Democrats on the Judiciary Committee demonstrate that the confirmation of Judge Alito is too risky for a nation divided in a time of crisis,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority.
“This unusual straight party vote on a Supreme Court nominee shows that the Republican Party has moved too far to the right, deserting basic women’s rights and individual rights, and it shows a willingness on the part of Republican Senators to give the President a blank check in expanding presidential powers, even to the extent of breaking the law, such as in the domestic surveillance,” Smeal continued.
“Women in this nation must recognize that the dominant force in the Republican Party has decided to take away women’s fundamental right to an abortion. We cannot continue to fool ourselves and call some Republicans pro-choice when they continue to vote to empower those who would take away our rights,” Smeal said.
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