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February 14, 2019 / Press Releases

NARAL On Barr Confirmation: Barr Will Use His Power to Rollback Our Essential Rights


For Immediate Release: February 14, 2019
Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

In response to Donald Trump’s Attorney General nominee William Barr being confirmed by the Senate, NARAL Pro-Choice America Vice President of Communications and Strategic Research Adrienne Kimmell issued the following statement:

“William Barr has made it very clear that he believes Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be overturned, and his appointment only helps to further the Trump administration’s relentless campaign against women’s essential reproductive rights. From appointing Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to gut Roe v. Wade and criminalize abortion, to spending the past two years launching an all-out assault on access to abortion and birth control, Barr’s confirmation is Trump’s latest move to use his administration as a weapon against women and our most fundamental right to control our own bodies and decide our own destinies.”

During Senate confirmation hearings when he was first appointed Attorney General by George H.W. Bush, William Barr said Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be overturned. Barr has also expressed skepticism about the right to privacy, and stated that he does not believe it “extends to abortion.”

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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