by Steven Ertelt
October 31, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Just minutes after President Bush named federal appeals court Judge Samuel Alito to become the next Supreme Court justice, pro-abortion groups announced a campaign to oppose his nomination.
"His confirmation would radically transform the Supreme Court and create a direct threat to the health and safety of American women," said Karen Pearl, interim president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Pearl says that because Alito has a long paper trail of decisions upholding pro-life law and he has indicated he would vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade case that ushered in an era of more than 44 million abortions.
In an email to Planned Parenthood supporters shortly after the nomination was announced, Pearl wrote, "This nominee demonstrates that President Bush has buckled to pressure from fringe extremist groups who felt his previous nominee, Harriet Miers, was not conservative enough to impose their rigid ideology on Americans."
Noting the court’s close votes on the issue of abortion, "the importance of the O’Connor replacement can’t be overstated," Pearl explained.
Other abortion advocacy groups joined Planned Parenthood in opposing Alito.
"In choosing Alito, President Bush gave into the demands of his far-right base and is attempting to replace the moderate O’Connor with someone who would move the court in a direction that threatens … Roe v. Wade," Ted Miller of NARAL said Monday.
"If confirmed to the pivotal O’Connor seat, Judge Alito would fundamentally change the balance of the Supreme Court, tipping it in a direction that could jeopardize our most cherished rights and freedoms," added Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.
Again, Planned Parenthood has used the nomination as a means of raising money.
"The fight has begun and your financial support is essential," Pearl wrote in the email. "Your gift will enable us to do our work."