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September 28, 2017 / Press Releases

NARAL Statement on Hobby Lobby Lawyer to 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

September 28, 2017

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, released the following statement in response to reports that Kyle Duncan, the lead counsel in Hobby Lobby Stores v. Burwell, to serve as judge on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals:

“The nomination of Kyle Duncan to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals proves that this Administration will stop at nothing to impose its backwards, anti-choice agenda on women and families across the country. Kyle Duncan is the definition of a partisan nominee, especially given his leadership role as the head attorney for Hobby Lobby’s notorious crusade to put bosses in charge of birth control. His nomination further confirms the Trump Administration is more interested in advancing its partisan agenda than upholding basic rights for women, families, and all Americans. Courts matter and the Trump Administration is actively stacking them against women. The Senate should reject this nominee.”

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.”


Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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