Tuesday, March 5 - Oppose Eric Murphy / Witness Slip Opposed to HB341 / Witness Slips on Women’s Reproductive Rights

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Senators to oppose Eric Murphy for federal judge - Before TUESDAY’S VOTE

    • Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

    • Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

  • Action 2: Sign a witness slip as an OPPONENT to HB341 Before Wednesday 9:30 am

  • Action 3: Fill out witness slips on Women’s Reproductive Rights bills:

Action 1: Tell Senators to Oppose Eric Murphy

We called our Senators in October, but neither has publicly committed to vote against the nomination. Now the Senate is expected to vote on Murphy's final confirmation as early as Tuesday, March 5th.

On October 10, the Senate Judiciary committee considered the nomination of yet another Federalist society member for a lifetime appointment to a circuit court. In this case, anti-civil rights attorney Eric Murphy has been nominated to the 6th Circuit Court. As State Solicitor for Ohio, Murphy has repeatedly argued for limiting or removing the rights of Ohioans in favor of advancing a right wing agenda of voter suppression, gay rights opposition and denying women the right to choose.

Murphy successfully defended Ohio’s voter purge laws before the Supreme Court, which disproportionately disenfranchised people of color, the poor, veterans and the disabled. He also helped to end early voting and defended Ohio’s discriminatory voter ID law. Murphy defended Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, calling marriage equality ”disruptive” to our constitutional democracy. And when Ohio sought to defund Planned Parenthood by prohibiting the state from contracting with abortion providers, who also provide basic women’s health services, Murphy defended the state’s position. As a conservative legal activist, Murphy submitted an amicus brief in the Hobby Lobby case supporting a corporation’s right to deny contraception coverage. In his private practice, he defended the tobacco industry from lung cancer victims and pharmaceutical companies when the engaged in dubious business practices.

Demand that Senator vote no on Eric Murphy.

  • Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

  • Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a member of Indivisible Chicago calling from [ZIP CODE].

I'm calling to urge Senator [NAME] to reject Eric Murphy's nomination to the 6th Circuit Court. Murphy's extreme positions on issues from access to voting, birth control, and marriage equality makes it clear that he opposes civil rights in every form, and defends the rights of special interests.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Action and script via 5calls.org

Action 1: Witness Slip as OPPONENT to HB341

File a witness slip as a OPPONENT of  HB341. This bill is again scheduled to be in committee on Wednesday March 6th at 9:30 am. The bill allows for ”...the motto "In God We Trust" to be displayed in a conspicuous location inside or outside each school building.”

State Representative Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) says his bill putting the sign in schools would encourage a return to Christian principles: “As a God-fearing Christian, I believe that the lack of such is the problem in our country today.”

That this bill is again in committee means the sponsor chose not to bring it up last time – and one reason may be because it had 578 witness slips opposing vs 35 in support. Illinoisans do not want religion imposed on their children when they go to school. Sign the witness slip Opposed to this bill so the legislature is reminded of that.

Witness Slip Instructions:

  • Click here to view the witness slip

  • I. IDENTIFICATION: with your information. In the Firm/Business or Agency Box and in the Title Box, identify as "Self."

  • II. REPRESENTATION: as "Self" (unless you actually are representing an organization)

  • III. POSITION: select "OPPONENT"

  • IV. TESTIMONY: select "Record of Appearance Only

Action 3: Submit Witness Slips on Women’s Reproductive Rights bills

A slew of anti-choice bills are up for vote this week in the Illinois House along with The Illinois Reproductive Health Act and a repeal of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act.

Anti-choice voters are organizing and filling out witness slips en masse now to take away a woman’s right to choose, so it’s especially urgent that we push back in a way that Illinois Elected Officials see.

 Please fill out the following slips and tell your friends to do the same!

  • OPPONENT

    • HB1620: Requires a physician to be present for an abortion

    • HB2058: bans abortions done after the 20th week of gestation

    • HB2281: would ban abortions of fetuses that have abnormalities

    • HB2286: would prevent tax dollars to be used for abortion funding for low income women and women on Medicaid

    • HB2384: would require any fetus born alive in an abortion to be kept alive

    • HB2462: essentially is Illinois’ version of the “heartbeat bill”

  • PROPONENT

    • HB2467: repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act and allows minors to get abortions independently

    • HB2495: Illinois’ Reproductive Health Act; provides that every individual has a fundamental right to make autonomous decisions about one's own reproductive health

Witness Slip Instructions:

  • I. IDENTIFICATION: with your information. In the Firm/Business or Agency Box and in the Title Box, identify as "Self."

  • II. REPRESENTATION: as "Self" (unless you actually are representing an organization)

  • III. POSITION: select "OPPONENT" or “PROPONENT” as indicated above

  • IV. TESTIMONY: select "Record of Appearance Only

New witness slips come up almost every day that the legislature is in session, sometimes only with a few hours’ notice. The best way to keep up with new slips is to join The Witness Slip Project on Facebook. This nonpartisan group features new slips and gives some background on each bill.

 Action viaThe Witness Slip Project

Martin Cuellar