Opposition to the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court continues to mount as a leading coalition of women’s rights organizations and a group of Congresswomen announced their opposition to his confirmation. They join a growing coalition against Alito that includes the Feminist Majority, as well as at least fourteen other major constituency groups.
The National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO), which represents 200 groups and 10 million women, has called on the Senate to reject Alito’s nomination. NCWO Chair Susan Scanlan stated, “The President has no excuse for nominating yet another member of his Old Boys’ Club for this critical post É Senators who care about protecting the freedom of America’s women have no option but to oppose this nomination.”
Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-CA), Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Hilda Solis (D-CA), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) have likewise announced their opposition. Congresswoman Solis said of the nomination, “It is a betrayal of the legacy of the trailblazing Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to nominate someone like Judge Alito who has shown a blatant disregard for women who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual harassment, and racism.”
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