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ABA Standing Committee Unanimously Concluded Eighth Circuit Nominee is Unfit to Serve as Federal Judge

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard from the American Bar Association (ABA), about its standing committee’s unanimous finding that Steven Grasz, a nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, is “unqualified” to serve as a federal judge. The ABA said Grasz’s “bias and the lens through which he viewed his role as a judge colored his ability to judge fairly,” which underscores Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s warnings that he is a threat to women’s health and rights on the bench.

Statement from Dana Singiser, Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

“Today’s ABA testimony has made all the more clear that Steven Grasz’s “unqualified” rating is well deserved. 

“Grasz will push an extreme agenda from the bench, putting in danger the health of women and families across the Eighth Circuit. He has vehemently disagreed with Supreme Court decisions establishing and upholding abortion rights and will use a seat on the Eighth Circuit to chip away at Roe v. Wade and actively work to deny women access to reproductive health care.

“Grasz is clearly not fit to sit on the bench. The Senate should reject Steven Grasz’s nomination to the Eighth Circuit.”


Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.