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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:

Amy Coney Barrett

President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court on September 26, 2020. Barrett is extremely hostile to reproductive freedom.

Andrew Brasher

Brasher defended an Alabama law that sought to drastically alter the state’s judicial bypass procedure by effectively putting young women seeking abortion care on trial.

Jeffrey Brown

Brown joined a 2015 order by the Texas Supreme Court placing drastic new restrictions on young women's access to abortion. He has also been deeply critical of the landmark Roe v. Wade precedent, and has been endorsed by Texas Right to Life and Texas Alliance for Life.

Douglas Cole

Cole defended an Ohio law that requires women to wait 24 hours after receiving an in-person lecture by a physician before accessing abortion care.

Clifton Corker

Corker served as president of the anti-choice Students for America group at James Madison University, and has written several deeply offensive, sexist op-eds.

Toby Crouse

Crouse has been a longtime opponent of reproductive freedom. As Kansas Solicitor General, Crouse sought out opportunities to attack reproductive freedom through signing on to multiple anti-reproductive freedom amicus briefs.

David Dugan

Dugan is extremely hostile to reproductive freedom and has openly questioned the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade.

Sean Jordan

Jordan filed an amicus brief in Storman’s Inc. v. Wiesman in the Ninth Circuit in support of a Washington pharmacy that refused to carry emergency contraception. Although state law allows pharmacists to refuse to fill a prescription themselves based on a religious belief, a pharmacy is required to fill all legal prescriptions. Dozens of complaints had been filed against this particular pharmacy for denying women access to care.

Michael Liburdi

Liburdi served as chairman of the Arizona Right to Life PAC for five years, and has used his personal twitter account to express anti-choice views.

Matthew McFarland

McFarland was a member of a county Right to Life group for at least seven years. The group's mission is "to promote and defend the right to life of all innocent human beings, from the time of fertilization until natural death."

Stephen McGlynn

As a candidate for the Fifth Appellate District of Illinois in 2012, McGlynn received the endorsements of the anti-reproductive freedom Illinois Citizens for Life PAC and the anti-reproductive freedom Illinois Federation for Right-to-Life PAC.

Steven Menashi

Menashi submitted an amicus brief on behalf of former U.S. Department of Justice officials in Zubik v. Burwell arguing that the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage policy forced certain religious groups into “moral complicity” with the use of contraception, despite an accommodation put in place for such groups by the Obama administration.

Mark Pittman

Pittman praised a Texas judge who enjoined enforcement of a rule put forth by the Obama administration guaranteeing access to abortion and reproductive healthcare. He also railed against senators who oppose the nomination of anti-choice Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Sarah Pitlyk

Pitlyk is currently Special Counsel to the anti-choice Thomas More Society, which describes itself as a “national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty.”

Brantley Starr

Starr has had a hand in defending nearly every controversial, anti-choice law passed in Texas in recent years. He defended a ban on a safe, common abortion procedure, a TRAP law, and Texas' efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, among other things.

William Stickman

Stickman wrote an offensive op-ed in which he referred to "the abortion industry" as "grotesque" and asserted, "In the United States, since Roe vs. Wade more than 39 million babies have been killed by abortion." He also defended Rick Santorum's assertion that LGBTQ rights would lead to the legalization of polygamy and incest.

Lawrence VanDyke

As Montana solicitor general, VanDyke co-wrote an amicus brief in support of Arizona’s unconstitutional abortion ban.

Justin Walker

Walker clerked for anti-choice Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was a judge on the D.C. Circuit and was a vocal advocate for Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Cory Wilson

As a Mississippi state representative, Wilson signed on to an amicus brief in support of Texas’s clinic shutdown law.

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.

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

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