About the 6th Circuit

The 6th Circuit covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. It has sixteen seats, four of which are vacant. Seven judges are male and five are female. Two are African American.

Reproductive Rights in the 6th Circuit

Grade: F

The states in the 6th Circuit receive the lowest marks on choice in the country – yielding an average grade of F regarding reproductive rights. Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee have passed laws that severely restrict a woman's reproductive rights. While over the years courts have struck down some of these onerous restrictions as unconstitutional, the vast majority remain on the books. It will be up to the judges who sit on the 6th Circuit Court to uphold or deny a woman's reproductive rights in the face of these legislative obstacles.

NCJW thanks the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation for the use of data contained in the "2005 Report Card on Women’s Reproductive Rights" included in Who Decides? The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States, 14th edition, 2005 In this publication, NARAL Pro-Choice America assigned each state and the District of Columbia a letter grade based on the nature of reproductive rights laws in 19 categories. These grades were averaged to offer a general overview of the status of reproductive rights in each circuit.
Pending Nominees to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

David W. McKeague
Henry William Saad
Susan Bieke Neilson
Richard Griffin

Judges on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

Danny J. Boggs, Chief Judge,
appointed 3/25/86 by President Ronald Reagan

Boyce F. Martin, Jr.,
appointed 9/26/79 by President Jimmy Carter

Alice M. Batchelder,
appointed 12/2/91 by President George Bush

Martha Craig Daughtrey,
appointed 11/22/93 by President William Clinton

Karen Nelson Moore,
appointed 3/24/95 by President William Clinton

R. Guy Cole, Jr.,
appointed 12/26/95 by President William Clinton

Eric L. Clay,
appointed 8/1/97 by President William Clinton

Ronald Lee Gilman,
appointed 11/7/97 by President William Clinton

Julia S. Gibbons,
appointed 7/31/02 by President George W. Bush

John M. Rogers,
appointed 11/26/02 by President George W. Bush

Jeffrey A. Sutton,
appointed 5/5/03 by President George W. Bush

Deborah Cook,
appointed 5/7/03 by President George W. Bush