FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2014
Today, the U.S. Senate held a confirmation hearing on the controversial appointment of Georgia judicial nominee Michael Boggs to the federal bench. NARAL Pro-Choice America released the following statement from president Ilyse Hogue:
“The more we hear about Boggs, the more we find that he stands against the majority of Americans who want the freedom to make their own choices about when they start a family. It was clear during the hearing that Boggs’ record is deeply concerning and his testimony did nothing to allay those concerns.
“Even today, Boggs spoke of a court case he adjudicated on reproductive rights that he failed to disclose earlier and exacerbated existing concerns regarding women’s ability to get a fair hearing in a Boggs court. Democratic Senators displayed a strong commitment to both the process and the substance of the concerns about Michael Boggs. But, we have to wonder what else might be out there that will reflect on those who confirm him to the bench and the ripple effect on the rights of those who are judged upon the bias he displayed as a lawmaker in his home state.
“The Obama administration fulfilled their end of the bargain by putting Boggs forward as a nominee and now is the time for the Senate to vote their conscience and keep him off the bench.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”