by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

Struggle Over Reproductive Rights Heats Up

Since January, the Bush Administration has twice bypassed the Senate to install anti-choice Federal judges whose appointments have been opposed by reproductive rights advocates. On January 16, while Congress was in recess. President Bush appointed conservative Judge Charles W. Pickering, of Mississippi to the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The Constitution gives the President the power to make certain appointments without hearings—including judges—while Congress is not in session. Pickering’s record shows a clear anti-choice agenda; he also opposed the Equal Rights Amendment. And Pickering’s critics point to a decidedly troubling record on civil rights. On February 20, Bush seated Alabama Attorney General William H. Pryor, Jr., who opposes a woman’s right to abortion and also calls for more “Christian influence” in the government.

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