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Women’s rights are facing a “state of emergency” in the US, NOW president Kim Gandy said yesterday.

She was referring to the retirement of supreme court justice Sandra Day O’Conner – the first woman ever to serve on the supreme court and, as a Republican, a surprise supporter of key women’s rights such as abortion.

It is feared that Bush will seize the opportunity of her retirement to appoint a hard liner, who could swing any vote on abortion.

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