We've launched a public campaign to oppose the nomination of Georgia state appeals court judge Michael Boggs to the federal district court.
Boggs repeatedly opposed reproductive rights as a state lawmaker in Georgia, from working to channel funds to anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers to trying to make a parental consent law even more extreme. He even voted to put the kind of information about abortion providers on the Internet that anti-choice extremists use to harass and terrorize doctors at their homes and offices. The civil rights community opposes Boggs for his vote to keep the Confederate battle symbol on the state flag. And he’s voted against marriage equality.
Judges hold an incredible responsibility when they take the bench. Americans need to trust them to take an objective view of the law and not use their position to advance their personal agenda. Michael Boggs showed us his true personal agenda as a state lawmaker, and we can’t trust him with our rights.
We're disappointed that pro-choice President Obama nominated someone who doesn't share our pro-choice values. We agree with the president on a lot of things, but not this pick.
We're not the only ones who are disappointed. We lead a coalition of 27 progressive groups—including pro-choice, LGBTQ rights, and civil rights organizations—in signing a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition of Boggs' confirmation. More and more members of Congress are also voicing concern about Boggs, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Fortunately, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, recognized that Boggs "does not have the votes in committee" and "His nomination should be withdrawn." We agree with Sen. Leahy - support for Boggs' nomination has become a political liability for any senator who hopes to maintain their constituents' support.
- Tell your senators to oppose Boggs' nomination
- See who's speaking out against Boggs
- Read our memo on Boggs' political campaign contributions and share it with your friends
- Read and share the op-ed by our president, Ilyse Hogue, about why Boggs is dangerous for women
- Watch our video below on why Boggs can't be trusted.
News & Updates
The New York Times reported Sen. Patrick Leahy said anti-choice judicial nominee Michael Boggs doesn't have enough votes to pass committee and should withdraw his nomination. We echo Sen. Leahy's call for Boggs to withdraw.
In a letter to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, we expressed disappointment in the senator's decision to support anti-choice judicial nominee Michael Boggs' and urged him to reconsider his position.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal announced that he opposes anti-choice judicial nominee Michael Boggs.
Sen. Charles Schumer became the tenth senator and the third member of the Judiciary Committee to confirm he will vote no on the nomination of Michael Boggs to the federal bench.
Now that six judicial nominees for federal judgeships in Georgia have been unanimously cleared by a Senate Judiciary Committee, President Obama should withdraw his nomination of anti-choice Michael Boggs.