PPFA Urges Senate to Reject Alito
Judiciary Committee Vote Underscores Threat to Women's Health and Safety
WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote today on the nomination of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court, Karen Pearl, interim president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., issued the following statement:
"Samuel Alito is well outside the mainstream and poses a direct threat to women's health and safety. We applaud the senators who opposed this nominee. Today's close vote should give every senator pause as the confirmation decision goes to the full Senate.
"The American public wants and deserves a Supreme Court justice who will uphold our fundamental rights — Judge Alito is not the nominee for the job. We have mobilized more than a million Planned Parenthood activists and supporters to urge senators to reject the confirmation of Judge Alito. His long record of hostility toward women's rights and privacy rights make him a wholly unsuitable replacement for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor."
Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider. We believe that everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood affiliates operate more than 860 health centers nationwide, providing medical services and sexuality education for millions of women, men, and teenagers each year. We also work with allies worldwide to ensure that all women and men have the right and the means to meet their sexual and reproductive health care needs.