For Immediate Release: October 19, 2017
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Today, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee chose to advance another one of Donald Trump’s anti-choice judicial nominees, William Ray II, to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. A nominee for a lifetime appointment on the bench must put our constitutional rights including reproductive freedom ahead of their personal ideology. NARAL Georgia opposes William Ray II, whose anti-choice and odious record speaks for itself.

  • As a state senator, Ray made clear that one of his priorities was to restrict access to abortion care.

  • While serving in the senate, he voted in favor of a bill that criminalizes certain abortion services and carries up to a five-year prison sentence for abortion care providers.

  • He used his leadership position in his local Republican Party to shepherd a resolution that blatantly discriminated against LGBT people, as it stood in strong opposition to “any plan, legislation, or resolution which may explicitly or implicitly condone homosexual behavior.”

  • He also voted against increasing sentences for hate crimes, or crimes motivated by a victim’s “actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.”

For more information on NARAL’s stance on judicial nominations, please contact NARAL Georgia’s Laura Simmons, [email protected].

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.”


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