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NARAL Objects to Obama Nominee for Federal Bench

NARAL Objects to Obama Nominee for Federal Bench

February 13, 2014 — NARAL Pro-Choice America is denouncing President Obama's nomination of Georgia State Appeals Court Judge Michael Boggs to a federal district court, BuzzFeed reports.

Citing Boggs' record as a state legislator, the abortion-rights group launched an online campaign to persuade senators to vote against his confirmation (McMorris-Santoro, BuzzFeed, 2/11). Obama nominated Boggs in December.

"We're disappointed that pro-choice President Obama nominated someone who doesn't share our pro-choice values. We agree with the president on a lot of things, but not this pick," NARAL said on its website (Shabad, "Blog Briefing Room," The Hill, 2/12).

Other Groups Share Objections

NARAL is the latest group to raise objections to Boggs' nomination because of votes he cast as a Democratic member of the Georgia House. African-American elected officials and other leaders have said Obama should not have nominated him because he opposed removing a Confederate emblem from the state flag. According to BuzzFeed, "prominent LGBT groups" might also join the campaign against him because of his opposition to same-sex marriage.

NARAL cites Boggs' support as a state legislator for Georgia's "Choose Life" license plate program, which directed funds to antiabortion-rights groups, as well as a requirement that minors be accompanied by a parent with a photo ID to have an abortion.

The White House is aware of NARAL's issues with Boggs, NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said. She did not elaborate on any response the group has received (BuzzFeed, 2/12).