Friday, January 13, 2006

Pro-Choice Sen. Snowe Won't Support Filibuster

Pro Choice Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) "does not believe that Judge Alito warrants a filibuster," according to her spokeswoman, Antonia Ferrier.

The Pro Choice senator may as well say she'll vote to confirm Alito. If Senator Snowe has been paying attention, she knows that Alito represents a grave danger to women's right to self-determination.

Nearly 70% of Americans say they would oppose Alito's confirmation if it appears that he would vote to overturn Roe.

The evidence clearly indicates that Alito continues to believe that the constitution does not protect a woman's right to reproductive freedom. With this view, a Justice Alito would feel duty bound to overturn Roe at the first opportunity. A Justice Alito would feel obligated to dismantle Roe incrementally until the opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade presented itself.

There are 44 Democrats and one Democratic-leaning independent in the Senate. As Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently acknowledged, the only way to stop Alito is with a filibuster. It takes 41 votes to sustain a filibuster, and we certainly can not count on all the Democratic senators.

Obviously, if Alito is to be blocked, all pro choice senators must be on board. That includes Republican senators, Snowe, Specter, Chafee, and Collins.

In previous years, Sen. Snowe has been given a pro choice score of 83% from NARAL and a score of 100% from Planned Parenthood. If the senator cares about her rating with these organizations, she needs to think again.

Contact Senator Snowe:
Phone Number: (202) 224-5344
Fax Number: (202) 224-1946
Email (webform)

No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.

--Margaret Sanger

Woman must have her freedom, the fundamental freedom of choosing whether or not she will be a mother and how many children she will have. Regardless of what man's attitude may be, that problem is hers -- and before it can be his, it is hers alone. . As it is the right neither of man nor the state to coerce her into this ordeal, so it is her right to decide whether she will endure it.

--Margaret Sanger