The worst thing about appointing a former anti-women's health legislator to become a federal judge isn't that he could uphold laws designed to shut down abortion providers, or that he will allow politicians to stand between patients and their doctors, or that he will allow anti-women's health politicians to impose a narrow-minded agenda on women.
The worst thing is that he is up for a lifetime appointment — and we don't need another judge who will undermine women's rights and access to care.
That's why we have to stop Michael Boggs from being confirmed to a federal judgeship. Tell your senators: Michael Boggs is wrong for women, wrong for our families, and wrong for the federal bench.
As a candidate for Georgia Superior Court judge, Boggs stated, "I am proud of my record. You don't have to guess where I stand... I have a record that tells you exactly what I stand for." So what is Boggs so proud of? A record of undermining women's rights and access to care and standing on the wrong side of the fight for equality:
- As a Georgia state representative, Boggs co-sponsored legislation to create a "Choose Life" license plate program that would have funneled funds to anti-women's health organizations, including so-called "crisis pregnancy centers," which provide biased and often completely false information to women seeking health care information about their pregnancy.
- Boggs also voted for a dangerous amendment that would have put abortion providers at risk by requiring them to post publicly on the Internet their names as well as the number of times they performed the procedure in the last 10 years.
- While still serving in the state legislature, Boggs voted — not once, but twice — in favor of extreme and dangerous so-called "personhood" efforts, which if enacted, could interfere with personal, private medical decisions relating to birth control, access to fertility treatment, management of a miscarriage, and access to safe and legal abortion.
- And it's not just women's health. Boggs supported a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and voted to keep the Confederate emblem, a symbol of oppression and intolerance, as part of the Georgia state flag over the vocal objection of the civil rights community.
We don't need another federal judge with a record of hostility toward women's rights, equality, and justice. Send a note to your senators to say no to Michael Boggs before he gets the chance to do more damage to women's health and rights.