Statement from Nancy Northup on the Life and Legacy of Senator Edward Kennedy

(PRESS STATEMENT) "We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Senator Kennedy.  For nearly 50 years, he devoted his considerable intellect and empathy to defending the rights of those without political power, including women, the disabled and the working classes.  His legislative achievements helped secure women's equality in the workplace and privacy in their medical decisions.

"Senator Kennedy's tireless advocacy and leadership were legendary, and we hope that his legacy will continue to inspire Congress as they consider health care reform and other issues affecting the civil rights of the American public.

"We are grateful for Senator Kennedy's commitment to, and support of, women's freedom and privacy rights.  His extraordinary leadership and courage of conviction gave us all something to aspire to.  His guidance and his friendship will be greatly missed."