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March-26-03

Senate Committee to Vote Tomorrow on Anti-Woman Judicial Nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote tomorrow on President Bushs re-nomination of Priscilla Owen to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Owen, who was defeated in committee last session because of her poor record on womens and civil rights, was re-nominated by the Bush administration as part of an ongoing campaign to stack the nations courts with far-right judges.

Currently a justice on the Texas Supreme Court, Owen has been called too ideologically far to the right by even her conservative colleagues White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, who served with Owen on the Texas court, characterized one of her opinions on judicial bypass for minors seeking abortions as an unconscionable act of judicial activism. Owen has consistently voted against reproductive rights for women in every abortion-related opinion authored by Owen she has voted against abortion rights. In one ruling, Owen cited religious considerations as a condition for a teenager seeking judicial bypass of a parental consent for an abortion. A review of Justice Owens opinions also shows a consistent hostility toward employee rights and discrimination protections, public information rights, environmental protection and consumer and citizen rights.

As a member of the Coalition for a Fair and Independent Judiciary, the Feminist Majority joins a large coalition of womens rights, civil rights, workers rights, environmental rights, disability rights, gay and lesbian rights, Latino and other progressive organizations in opposing the re-nomination of Owen.

TAKE ACTION Urge Senate Judiciary Committee Members to Vote Against Priscilla Owen

Media Resources: Feminist Majority