People for the American Way Report in Opposition to the Confirmation of Michael W. McConnell

III. McConnell’s Views Would Eliminate The Right Of Reproductive Choice And Endanger The Right To Privacy

McConnell has an extensive record of virulent opposition to a woman’s fundamental constitutional right of reproductive choice and privacy, as well as legal advocacy to restrict these rights wherever possible, with the goal of banning abortion outright. While such one-sided legal advocacy may be appropriate for an avowed leading activist and scholar of the anti-choice movement,45 it is not appropriate for a judge on the federal appellate bench. McConnell’s record in this area strongly suggests that he would be unable to put aside his strong, already developed legal opinions in order to uphold and enforce the law protecting women’s reproductive rights. 46

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