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The National Center for Lesbian Rights Condemns Supreme Court Ruling Against Reproductive Freedom

A Statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq.

(San Francisco, CA, April 18, 2007) — Today, the United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling upholds the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act 2003. Today's ruling is a stunning and highly distressing retreat from the Court's prior rulings which protected the privacy and reproductive choices of all women in this country. The Court's willingness to abandon women who have come to rely on constitutional protection for their most personal and intimate decisions is deeply troubling and a very unwelcome harbinger of what we can expect in the future from this Court on a whole range of issues involving individual liberty and constitutional protections.


The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. We can be reached through our website at

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Erik Olvera
Director of Communications
National Center for Lesbian Rights
office: 415.392.6257 x324

Bethany Woolman
Communications Associate
National Center for Lesbian Rights
office: 415.392.6257 x305


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