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October 17, 2018 / Press Releases

NARAL Statement on Judicial Nominees Confirmation

Senate Republicans Break Even More Congressional Norms in Efforts to Pack the Courts in Trump’s Image

For Immediate Release: October 17, 2018
Contact: [email protected]


After Senate Republicans held a hearing on anti-choice judicial nominees Wendy Williams Berger and Allison Jones Rushing, despite the Senate being in recess and a unanimous request from Committee Democrats to postpone, NARAL Pro-Choice America Vice President Adrienne Kimmell released the following statement:

“Senate Republicans continue to shatter every norm and bend every rule in order to stack the courts with anti-choice judges. For the first time ever, at the order of Mitch McConnell, the Senate will ram through Trump’s judicial nominations despite the Senate being in recess and unanimous Democratic opposition. They’ve thrown Congressional norms out the window in their determination to pack our courts with biased, unqualified nominees like Williams Berger and Jones Rushing. The anti-choice GOP has turned our democratic process into a mockery in an attempt to solidify their brutal agenda into our judiciary for decades to come, and now women and families will be left to pay the price for generations.”

Wendy Williams Berger’s anti-choice views are so extreme that as a lawyer, she attempted to use a woman’s history of accessing abortion as evidence against her in a manslaughter trial. She has also used anti-choice language in her rulings, and is a member of the Federalist Society.

Allison Jones Rushing was a legal intern for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a designated hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and remains closely involved with the group. Rushing was also an avid supporter of Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination, and clerked for anti-choice Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

To learn more about the anti-choice records of Trump’s other judicial nominees, visit NARAL’s judicial nominees webpage.


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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