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Press Release
November 3, 2017
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Despite Mounting Questions of Fitness and Legitimacy of Trump Administration Another Extreme Judicial Nominee Approved for Lifetime Slot on Federal Judiciary

Repercussions Are Dire and Could Be Felt for Generations to Come

MADISON, Wis. — Despite mounting questions about Donald Trump’s fitness to serve and indictments and guilty pleas by campaign aides as part of an ongoing federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the U.S. Senate confirmed another right wing extremist judicial nominee to a lifetime appointment to the federal court.

Amy Coney Barrett will bring her record of opposing women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care and animosity to the civil rights of the LGBTQ community to the Seventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, that includes Wisconsin.

The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Institute Program Director Analiese Eicher:

“Donald Trump and his enablers in the U.S. Senate literally stole a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. And now with more questions than ever swirling around the fitness and legitimacy of this administration they are packing the courts with judges whose extreme views fall far outside the mainstream.

“We count on our courts to act as a check and balance on the powers of Congress and the President. It’s where we turn to enforce voting rights and participation in the political process, ensure equal treatment for all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation and protecting access to comprehensive health care.

“The repercussions of packing our federal courts with these kinds of extremist judges on our rights are dire and could be felt for generations to come, undermining the integrity of the courts and our system of checks and balances.”

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