Abortion rights group knocks Sinema for supporting Trump judicial pick

An abortion rights group on Wednesday slammed Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) for her statements supporting a Trump judicial nominee.

NARAL Pro-Choice America said Sinema’s support for the nomination of U.S. district court judge Michael Liburdi was “beyond troubling.”

“You can’t claim you are an advocate of women and our reproductive freedom just because you vote correctly on some legislation if, at the same time, you help elevate right-wing judges who will inflict long-term damage to our cause,” NARAL president Ilyse Hogue said in a statement.

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Sinema said she has known Liburdi for years, and during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing praised him as someone who will be a fair-minded judge.

“Mike and I do not share all the same political beliefs, but I believe the role of the Senate is to evaluate every nominee based on whether he or she is professionally qualified ... and can be trusted to faithfully interpret and uphold the law,” Sinema said.

According to NARAL, Liburdi served as chairman of the Arizona Right to Life PAC for five years, and has close ties to “staunch anti-choice” Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.).

While Liburdi was serving in the Ducey administration, the governor signed into law an anti-abortion measure that requires women to fill out a “checklist” justifying their reasons for accessing abortion care. The law also requires Arizona abortion providers to turn over the information they collect in these checklists to the state government.

“Senator Sinema says she knows this person and we should trust her judgement; however, actions speak louder than words and his actions have spoken volumes about where he stands on our fundamental reproductive freedoms,” Hogue said.

--This report was updated at 1:49 p.m.