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Feminist Majority's Ellie Smeal weighs in on the Harriet Miers withdrawal.

Published October 27, 2005 9:06PM (EDT)

In an e-mailed statement that differed from those released by her colleagues at Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America, Feminist Majority president Eleanor Smeal this afternoon weighed in on the withdrawal of the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

Smeal wrote that Miers' withdrawal illustrates how much is at stake in the appointment of a justice to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. "The public, on all sides of the political spectrum, was demanding more information on her judicial philosophy and her performance within the White House," Smeal wrote. "The days of the blank slate strategy for stacking the Supreme Court are over."

Taking into account the current problems faced by the country and the administration, including the war in Iraq, the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and "the looming senior administration indictments," Smeal wrote, "we urge Sandra Day O'Connor to stay on the Court to provide the necessary stability in this time of crisis."

Hey. Sounds good to us.

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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