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Statement by PPFA Interim President Karen Pearl

"While we are relieved that checks and balances remain in place for future nominees, the compromise struck today on judicial nominees is bittersweet for women who were counting on their senators to make sure that moderate, reasonable judges head up our federal courts. The Republican leadership should never have created the showdown on filibusters that would have resulted in a crisis in our government. And women's access to reproductive health care should not have been the bargaining chip.

"On the same day that the Supreme Court accepted a case that will revisit restrictions on legal access to abortion, U.S. senators agreed to allow extremist judges one step closer to the federal courts. Planned Parenthood will continue its rigorous defense of reproductive freedom in the courts, in the Congress, and in communities across the world."


Planned Parenthood Federation of America


Daedre Levine (212) 261-4549


May 13, 2014