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10 Reasons to #StopBoggs as told by Star Wars

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It's hard to believe: anti-choice, anti-civil rights, anti-LGBT judicial nominee, Michael Boggs, could get a vote in committee at any time for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench.

When you think about what makes a good judge, a few qualities probably come to mind: fair, unbiased, and committed to protecting the rights of all Americans. That's why judicial nominee Michael Boggs is the wrong man for the job. In honor of the much-buzzed about upcoming film, check out 10 reasons why we must #StopBoggs as told by Star Wars:

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For 1) Michael Boggs voted to endanger abortion providers by putting detailed information about them on the Internet, including how often they provided abortion services.

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2) Boggs said that when he took this vote, he had no idea that this measure could've put the health and lives of women and abortion providers at risk. That's pretty hard to believe. Just before he voted, lawmakers had a heated discussion about this very topic.

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3) Boggs cosponsored a bill to create "Choose Life" license plates to funnel state funds - aka taxpayer dollars - to "crisis pregnancy centers" that lie to and shame women out of choosing abortion.

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4) Boggs also pushed to make parental consent laws more extreme.

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Not only does Boggs have a clear record of undermining and restricting a woman's right to choose, he also voted to suppress LGBT rights:

5) Michael Boggs voted for a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality in his home state of Georgia.

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6) He called his vote against LGBT rights a matter of "common sense."

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7) Even the Boy Scouts weren't safe from Boggs' prejudice - he pledged to oppose Boy Scout leaders who also happen to be gay.

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But Boggs isn't just politically opposed to women's reproductive freedom and equality for LGBT people.

8) Boggs voted to keep the confederate symbol, a symbol of racial oppression, on Georgia's state flag.

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This guy is bad news all around. Boggs' disturbing record regarding civil rights and reproductive freedom isn't the end of it. You should also take this serious allegation into account:

9) Boggs potentially violated Georgia's ethics rules while he was a judge by contributing to a political organization.

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10) Michael Boggs said that we should look to his legislative record to see what kind of judge he'd be - and we're doing just that!

Does Michael Boggs sound like a person who deserves a lifetime appointment to the federal bench? Nope, we don't think so either.

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Help us #StopBoggs from reaching the federal bench by sharing our graphic on Facebook.

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SCOTUS Rules In Favor of Love and Equality

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Today is a monumental day in American history. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

Justice Anthony Kennedy stated in the majority opinion:

"The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment."

NARAL Pro-Choice America proudly supports marriage equality and the freedom for all people to decide who they want to love, marry, or with whom to start a family.

We could not be more thrilled that SCOTUS has ruled on the right side of history and ended discrimination against LGBT families across the country.

The Supreme Court also ruled that proponents of the ballot measure Proposition 8, which banned marriage equality in California, did not have legal standing to defend the law in court. The effect of this decision is to let stand lower court rulings which ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional.

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On Having Pride and Working for Reproductive Rights

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Emma Weinstein-Levey is the press intern at NARAL Pro-Choice America

June is National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans* (LGBT) pride month and, while the connection between reproductive rights and LGBT equality activism may not be immediately obvious, I've always known that the two are inextricably linked.

At their core, both issues are about privacy. A woman's right to reproductive-health care entitles her to decide whether, when, and with whom to have a family without politicians' interference. Similarly, the right to love who you want and be who you are entitles people to build a family in a way that will bring them the most joy, fulfillment, and freedom.

I was particularly struck by the connections between LGBT* and reproductive rights activism a few weeks ago when the organization Strong Families launched their Mama's Day campaign. This beautiful celebration of diverse families reminded me that the right to choose means so much more than just the availability of abortion.

In a time when we hear about legislative attacks on birth control and abortion on every single news outlet, coalition building between reproductive rights activists and LGBT* activists is more important than ever. Just as we encourage lawmakers to trust women to make their own health-care choices, we must trust each other - partners in the struggle for full equality - to champion each others' causes and be allies in the fight for justice.

At NARAL Pro-Choice America, we fight to protect and expand the rights of women across the country. This proactive approach to advancing reproductive rights is one that necessitates and encourages inclusion of all people. That's why the staff at NARAL Pro-Choice America knew it was important to support federal marriage equality, as we have since 2004.

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As an LGBT-identified individual working in the reproductive rights/reproductive justice movement, I owe a great debt of gratitude to those who create space in this movement for people of all identities. Leaders like Kierra Johnson of Choice USA and Miriam Perez inspire me daily with their devotion to bridging the perceived gap between issues.

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Vision to Win, Day One: Helena, Montana

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Looking back on day one of Vision to Win, it's clear that the rest of the country can learn a lot from Montana on how to cultivate and engage young leaders. NARAL Pro-Choice Montana's staff is comprised of Millennials, as is nearly half of its boards.

We joined with young progressive leaders representing LGBT allies, civil liberties, and many more important causes. We shared the findings from our research project and then turned the floor over to the attendees. Here's what he heard:

  • Keep the personal focus on this issue.

  • Relate the issue to your community (such as a what is it like for women in your immediate area).

  • Talk about choice as a value; don't forget that to appeal to people's hearts, not just their heads.

  • Access to abortion is not separate; it is part of the decisions women make, like accessing birth control.

We can't wait to hear more from young leaders in Missoula. (BTW, going across the continental divide is like driving through the clouds.)

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