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A Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice e-mail that just went out:

In the deal ending the Senate showdown over changing the filibuster rule, Democrats agreed to forego the filibuster on three of President Bush’s most extreme nominees–Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown, and William Pryor. The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice will continue to vigorously oppose all three as unsuitable for lifetime judicial appointments and urges you to tell your Senators to vote against their confirmation.

The compromise forged by a bipartisan group of 14 Senators does two things: it shelves the Republican threat to eliminate the filibuster for judicial nominees and leaves open the possibility that the filibuster can be used in “extraordinary” circumstances.

The question now: if the Bush Administration nominates an anti-choice ideologue for the U.S. Supreme Court, will protecting women’s rights and lives be considered “extraordinary?”

As people of faith, we must make it clear that judges who oppose reproductive rights and want to impose their own religious views are unacceptable.


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