Opposition to Alito Continues to Grow
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"We cannot ignore the probability that Samuel Alito would overturn important civil rights and women's rights if he were to be confirmed. His confirmation would not honor the legacy of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and her balanced approach to critical issues important to the YWCA's mission of empowering women and eliminating racism. This nation has come too far in its fight for equality and the protection of rights to risk placing him on our highest court."
-Peggy Sanchez Mills, CEO of the Young Women's Christian Association
"For three decades, Women Employed has championed public policies that ensure core legal rights for women and minorities in the workplace. America's judiciary plays a vital role in protecting these rights. The judicial record of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito suggests that his confirmation could threaten or reverse the employment advances made by women and minorities over the last thirty years. Therefore, Women Employed opposes the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito. From his government service in the Reagan Administration to fifteen years on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Alito's record reveals an opposition to the enforcement of anti-discrimination statutes and a reading of the law that restricts employee rights."
-Women Employed, a non-profit whose mission is to improve the economic status of women
"The U. S. Senate should not replace the first woman on the Supreme Court with a man who has repeatedly taken positions and issued rulings that are detrimental to the rights of working women. Working women and our families need and deserve Supreme Court justices who respect our hard-fought rights and protections, not justices who use a very narrow view of the law to dismantle our rights."
-Linda Meric, executive director of 9to5, National Association of Working Women
"Taken as a whole. Alito's publicly available record-both from his government service and his tenure on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals-illustrates a judicial philosophy at odds with AAUW's mission and member-adopted Public Policy Program. AAUW believes Alito's legal philosophy has unacceptably tainted his ability to apply established legal precedents on civil rights issues critical to women and girls-issues central to AAUW's mission for more than 100 years. Our members hope that the Senate considers the message of AAUW's tag line-because equity is still on issue-during this critical vote. AAUW urges senators to reject Alito's nomination and choose someone with a commitment to equity for women and girls."
-Lisa M. Maatz, director of public policy and government relations for American Association of University Women
"Judge Alito's nomination comes at a particularly critical moment in the life of the Court and our nation. Many of our hard-won rights and protections are hanging by a thread. Judge Alito's extensive and deeply troubling record indicates he would turn the Court sharply to the right, reversing decades of progress. From protections against discrimination and sexual harassment, to a woman's right to make her own reproductive health decisions, to accountability if states violate the Family and Medical Leave Act, Judge Alito's appointment would jeopardize the rights and liberties of individuals from every walk of life."
-Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families
" Don't let the nomination of Samuel Alito end the right of women to make their own reproductive health decisions with their doctor! A doctor's ability to make sound medical decisions has already been compromised by the passage of much federal and state legislation over the past three decades since Roe v. Wade was decided, blurring the line between a physician's expert opinion and the government's ideological priorities. The health of American women is in great danger if Judge Alito is confirmed to the United States Supreme Court."
-Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health
Other groups opposed to Alito's nomination include the Black Women's Health Imperative, Center for Biological Diversity, Endangered Species Coalition, Jewish Labor Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Association.