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Senate Must Stop Nominee Who Likened Abortion to Slavery, Says Largest Women’s PAC

July 19, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement from Executive Director Emily Cain on the vote to advance the nomination of John Bush, a Kentucky lawyer who compared abortion to slavery and deemed them “the two greatest tragedies in our country,” to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


“Senate Republicans are pushing to confirm a man who has shown abhorrent judgement and overt bias to the U.S. Court of Appeals. John Bush has publicly articulated his fringe worldview, speaking out against protecting women's reproductive freedom, equal rights for LGBTQ individuals, and climate change. He even went so far as to liken abortion to slavery. EMILY's List stands with the many organizations and elected officials that have spoken out against the advancement of this nomination, because confirming John Bush to a lifetime position on the bench would endanger progress for all of us, especially women and communities of color.”


EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILYs List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to help more women run and win at the local, state, and national levels.