FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2017
Today, the U.S. Senate will begin confirmation hearings for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who President-elect Donald Trump has nominated to serve as the U.S. Attorney General. In response, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement:
“It’s no wonder that Sen. Sessions kicks off the week-long marathon of speed nominations, since his record wouldn’t withstand the light of day if given a full public vetting. Sen. Sessions’ record of misogyny and racism makes him unfit to serve in this—or really any—position: he has refused to protect health clinics from acts of anti-abortion terrorism, doesn’t take sexual assault seriously, and even a GOP-led Senate decided that he was too racist to become a federal judge. If confirmed as Attorney General, he will directly threaten the freedom and equality of people across our nation—particularly women and people of color. The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee should follow its own example and reject Sessions for a promotion once again. He has no business being our nation’s most powerful law enforcement official.”
Sen. Sessions has a long anti-choice record. In the Senate, he:
- Repeatedly voted to allow convicted perpetrators of anti-abortion violence and harassment to evade financial responsibility for their illegal activities by declaring bankruptcy
- Voted against a resolution expressing support of Roe v. Wade
- Voted for the unconstitutional 20-week ban on abortion
- Supported efforts to deny millions access to vital health care by voting to defund Planned Parenthood and against protections against anti-abortion clinic violence
- Voted to make anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers,” many of which mislead, misinform, harass, and intimidate women, eligible for taxpayer funding.
To read the full NARAL Pro-Choice America profile on Sen. Sessions and his anti-choice record click here.