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Trump’s Anti-Choice Judicial Nominees

One of Donald Trump’s biggest campaign promises was to stack the Supreme Court with anti-choice judges that he believed would fulfill the far-right’s obsession with overturning Roe v. Wade.

But Sen. Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump aren’t stopping there—they are actively filling federal courts across the country with anti-choice judicial nominees. These men and women—up for lifetime appointments—will have huge influence over this nation for generations to come, and will shape our country in Donald Trump’s dangerous, out-of-touch image. That’s bad news for women, families, and Americans who believe the judiciary should uphold our basic freedoms. Here’s a look at the anti-choice record of some of their nominees:

J. Campbell Barker

J. Campbell Barker defended Texas' egregious Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) law in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt before the Supreme Court. He also signed a brief on behalf of the state of Texas in Zubik v. Burwell challenging the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive-coverage policy.

Ken Bell

National Right to Life spent thousands of dollars supporting Ken Bell's failed 1990 congressional campaign. In an op-ed, Bell wrote, "Either the unborn is a mass of cells worthy of no more consideration than a hangnail, or it is a child, which may not be killed. There is no middle ground."

Holly Brady

Holly Brady irresponsibly used her position as an attorney to promote falsehoods about the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, after Indiana faced massive backlash for enacting a discriminatory law that would permit discrimination on the grounds of so-called “religious freedom,” Brady called the response to the law “a lot of hoopla,” minimizing very real fears of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or personal reproductive-health decisions.

Andrew Brasher

Andrew Brasher is currently defending an offensive and absurd Alabama law that limits young women's access to abortion by allowing a judge to appoint an attorney for a fetus. He also defended other egregious Alabama laws, including its unconstitutional TRAP law.

Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark worked closely with well-known anti-choice activists on a brief opposing the ACA's contraceptive-coverage policy. He has also represented anti-choice groups in various lawsuits and is active in anti-choice-activist Leonard Leo’s Federalist Society.

Colm Connolly

Connolly served as president of the board of trustees for anti-abortion organization that provides childcare to single parents. The group’s mission statement and website use strong anti-choice language recognizing the “pre-born” and claiming to offer “single parents, facing an unplanned pregnancy, with a viable, practical alternative to the despair of abortion and the tragedy of welfare.”

Gordon Giampietro

Giampietro has made numerous extreme and troublesome statements hostile to reproductive rights including calling contraception "an assault on nature" and stating that the founders of the United States "would be shocked to think that it's a constitutional right to kill an unborn child." Giampietro has also suggested that equal marriage would lead to the legalization of polygamy and incest.

Britt Grant

Britt Grant defended an extreme Georgia law that bans abortion after 20 weeks without an adequate exception to protect women’s health or for cases in which the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. She is also included on President Trump's list of potential Supreme Court nominees, a list of individuals Trump promised would overturn Roe v. Wade "automatically."

Allison Jones Rushing

Rushing is closely associated with Alliance Defending Freedom, a hate group as designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center due to its support for the criminalization of LGBTQ people and sterilization of trans people, and the group’s assertion that separation of church and state a “myth.”

Matthew Kacsmaryk

Kacsmaryk represented several religious corporations that opposed the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive-coverage policy, hoping he could “protect innocent life from conception to natural death” and “defend unborn human life.”

Brett Kavanaugh

In 2017, Kavanaugh gave a speech praising former Chief Justice Rehnquist, who dissented in Roe v. Wade, for rejecting “a wall of separation between church and state." He went on to refer to Roe as part of a “general tide of free-wheeling judicial creation of unenumerated rights that were not rooted in the nation’s history and tradition.

Jonathan Kobes

Jonathan Kobes has extensive ties to fake women’s health centers, also known as crisis pregnancy centers. A few years ago, Kobes served as a board member for Bethany Christian Services, a fake women’s health center in South Dakota. Moreover, Kobes represented several fake women’s health centers pro-bono in a case challenging a South Dakota biased counseling law.

Eric Murphy

Eric Murphy defended Ohio's efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and is a strong supporter of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws. He has also opposed the ACA's contraceptive-coverage policy and supported a 20-week abortion ban.

Howard Nielson

In an attempt to impose burdensome restrictions on abortion providers, Nielson filed an amicus brief in support of Texas TRAP laws on behalf of 34 Senators and 140 members of Congress in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

Mark Norris

Mark Norris has been endorsed by the Tennessee Right to Life, a well-known anti-choice group. During his time in Tennessee’s state legislature, Norris repeatedly voted for attacks on reproductive freedom and even co-sponsored a resolution to amend Tennessee’s constitution to ensure that nothing in it protects the right to abortion.

John O'Connor

John O’Connor spoke at an anti-choice rally, organized to “commemorate the lives of the unborn who lost their lives though abortion.” According to press coverage of the event, O’Connor, “said he believed the Supreme Court will gradually chip away at the Roe case,” which, according to O’Connor, “decided fetuses aren’t persons.”

Andrew Oldham

Andrew Oldham defended a Texas regulation that defunded Planned Parenthood by prohibiting organizations that provide abortion care from receiving funding through the Texas Women’s Health Program (TWHP). He also defended Texas' egregious Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) law.

David Porter

Porter is a strong opponent of the Affordable Care Act, opposed the Violence Against Women Act, and endorsed anti-choice anti-choice Attorney General John Ashcroft. He's also been heavily involved in many far-right, anti-choice groups, including co-founding the Pennsylvania Judicial Network and serving as a contributor to the Center for Vision and Values.

William Ray

As a state senator, Ray made clear that one of his priorities was to restrict access to abortion care. He even voted in favor of a bill that criminalizes certain abortion services and carries up to a five-year prison sentence for abortion care providers.

Chad Readler

Readler has vigorously defended the Trump administration's efforts to stop undocumented young women from accessing abortion care. He is also defending rules put forth by the administration to gut the ACA's contraceptive-coverage policy and has defended the administration's cruel and inhumane family separation policy.

Michael Truncale

Michael Truncale ran for Congress in 2012 as a proponent of “strong pro-life and pro-family values,” and an opponent of “liberalism, socialism, Obamacare, [and] amnesty.” He also has said that Wendy Davis’ “claim to fame is the fact that she wants to kill babies five months into term.”

Wendy Vitter

Vitter has praised anti-choice laws including Texas' egregious TRAP law (since struck down in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt) and once received a "Proudly Pro-Life Award" from Louisiana Right to Life. Vitter has also parroted false claims about abortion including suggesting a disproven connection between abortion care and cancer.

Wendy Williams Berger

Berger tried to use a woman's prior history of accessing abortion care as evidence against her in a manslaughter trial. She is also a member of the Federalist Society and the National Rifle Association.

Allen Winsor

Winsor defended a Florida law that requires women to wait 24 hours after receiving a state-mandated lecture before accessing abortion care and, in another case, filed an amicus brief in opposition to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive-coverage policy, the greatest advancement in reproductive healthcare in a generation.

Patrick Wyrick

Wyrick defended two Oklahoma laws that required physicians providing medication abortion to use an outdated method that is less safe and less effective than the current standard of care, and another that required women to undergo an ultrasound before receiving abortion care, even if not medically necessary and against her will.

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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