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January-10-03

Stacking The Courts, Bush Brings Back Anti-Women Judicial Nominees

President Bush renamed several anti-women judicial nominees yesterday including Charles Pickering and Priscilla Owen both nominated to the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and both rejected by the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee last year. With the Senate now controlled by Republicans, Bush renominated the wo in hopes that they could now be pushed through, White House officials told the Washington Post.

Bolstered by continued opposition from the Feminist Majority as well as other leading womens rights, civil rights and progressive organizations, Democrats voiced commitments to block the Pickering nomination, because of the Mississippi judges anti-women and anti-civil rights background. We will use every tool in our arsenal to ensure that his nomination is rejected again this year, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) told the New York Times. Democrats Charles Schumer (NY) and Richard Durbin (IL) told the CQ Daily Monitor that they would consider a filibuster against the nominee. Schumer commented on Bushs nomination of Pickering that When it comes to civil rights, this administration has been talking a good game, but has consistently ignored the need to move civil rights and racial issues forward, according to CQ. Pickering has a long history of voting against women. As a state Senator, Pickering supported a constitutional amendment to ban abortion and chaired the subcommittee of the National Republican Party that in 1976 approved a plank calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to make abortion illegal. Pickering has opposed the Equal Rights Amendment and as a district court judge, criticized remedies provided by the Voting Rights Act to redress discrimination against African-American voters.

FMF continues to mobilize against these nominations through our Never Go Back campaign. For more on this story and the latest feminist news, visit www.Feminist.org.

To sign the petition of support, learn more about the current attacks on reproductive rights through judicial nominations, and find out what you can do to support reproductive rights, visit www.nevergoback.org/.

Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation