For Immediate Release

October 18, 2007

Feminist Majority Weighs in on Mukasey Hearings

The Feminist Majority joined National Organization for Women, The National Women’s Law Center, and other women’s rights and reproductive health groups in urging lawmakers to question Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey on key issues. In a letter to Senators Leahy and Spector, the chair and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the groups strongly urge the senators to thoroughly examine Mukasey’s record, views, and future plans for the Justice Department.

The letter highlights key issues, like Mukasey’s views on the Constitutional right to privacy, the Justice Department’s past disregard for medial privacy, and the Justice Department’s role in enforcing the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, the Violence Against Women Act, and anti-discrimination laws.

Hearings began on Wednesday to approve Mukasey’s nomination to replace former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who resigned under pressure form Congress. Hearings are scheduled to continue Thursday, and possibly into Friday, reports Reuters.

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