The Case Against the Confirmation of John Ashcroft As Attorney General of the United States: Part II

Ashcroft's Assault on Reproductive Rights

Throughout his long political career, John Ashcroft has pursued an extreme and relentless crusade against the right of women to make their own reproductive decisions. In part one of our report, we discussed John Ashcroft’s years as a United States Senator, and his extreme proposals during this time, such as proposing a constitutional amendment to ban abortions even for women who have been victims of rape or incest and proposing to define human life in language that could be invoked to ban some of the most widely accepted and dependable forms of contraception, such as the birth control pill and IUDs.

During his Missouri years, Ashcroft had supported similarly extreme proposals. In addition, his actions as Missouri’s Attorney General and then its Governor provide a window on the issues of fairness, impartiality and respect for the law that are so central to serving as the nation’s top legal officer.

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