Abortion Rights Groups Plan Fall Push

Single Vote Margin in Senate, Supreme Court Appointments May Loom

Richards said her organization's focus on the Senate is in part meant to influence judicial confirmations.

Democrats hold a narrow 51-49 edge in the Senate, and the next president could have several Supreme Court vacancies to fill, with many observers believing that there is currently a 5-4 majority on the court to uphold Roe v. Wade.

Shipp, NARAL's political director, said her organization is focusing on Republican and independent women who support abortion rights. NARAL is planning phone, mail, and possibly cable TV buys to reach voters in targeted House races, she said.

"It would be great to have a pro-choice president," Shipp added. "But you've still got to have the legislation move through the House."

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