July 28, 2014 / Press Releases

STATEMENT: NARAL Pro-Choice America on Pamela Harris’ Confirmation to the Fourth Circuit

July 28, 2016

Washington, D.C- Today, Pamela Harris was confirmed to a seat on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and NARAL Pro-Choice America released the following statement from President Ilyse Hogue:

“At a time when Americans are demonstrating deep concern about courts stacked with activist judges, we are thrilled to see Pamela Harris appointed to the bench. Harris’ confirmation will bring more balance to the federal court of appeals—a move in the right direction.

“Harris has made a name for herself fighting for what she believes in. Her brilliant legal mind and unimpeachable record of upholding the Constitution is exactly what Americans are looking for on the bench.

“We are encouraged that this Congress has confirmed another federal judge who has steadfastly protected reproductive rights as enshrined in Roe v. Wade. Harris follows the recent confirmation of Ronnie White to serve as a United States district court judge for the Eastern District of Missouri: these two nominees reflect Americans’ belief that the federal bench should be populated by highly qualified individuals with a record of safeguarding our constitutional rights.”

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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