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Confirmation of Kyle Duncan is a New Low for Senate and Federal Courts

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Confirmation of Kyle Duncan is a New Low for Senate and Federal Courts 

April 24, 2018, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today expressed extreme disappointment at the confirmation of S. Kyle Duncan to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Duncan’s confirmation is another step toward ensuring our federal courts are simply pawns in a right-wing agenda. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“Today, the Senate voted to confirm Kyle Duncan of Louisiana to a lifetime appointment on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Duncan has dedicated his entire legal career to rolling back the rights of marginalized groups, including women, LGBTQ individuals, and African Americans. This is a shameful day for the integrity and independence of our federal judiciary.

As an attorney, Duncan defended a school board’s discriminatory rule prohibiting students from using the bathroom of their choice, arguing that transgender people are ‘mentally ill.’ In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Duncan served as lead counsel and defended the use of religion as a guise for discrimination against women. He also wrote an amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt supporting Texas’ unconstitutional abortion law and defended a restrictive voting law that, according to the Fourth Circuit, ‘targeted African Americans with almost surgical precision.’

By ending debate and forcing an up or down vote yesterday, Sen. McConnell (R-KY) effectively endorsed a record of disrespect and disdain for LGBTQ people, women, and racial minorities. Our courts matter, and the Senate must confirm only fair-minded judges who respect equality and justice for all Americans. Unfortunately, with Duncan on the federal bench, we are one step closer to living without the hard-won rights we deserve.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

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