The 10th Circuit covers Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming. It has twelve seats, none of which are vacant. Nine judges are male and three are female. One is Hispanic.
The states in the 10th Circuit receive an average grade of D+ regarding reproductive rights. New Mexico is the only state in the 10th Circuit that has a relatively good record on choice laws. The laws in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming impose unnecessarily burdensome obstacles to reproductive freedom, thus restricting 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 10th Circuit Court to uphold or deny a woman's reproductive rights as they deliberate on the constitutionality of these restrictive laws.
NCJW thanks the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation for the use of data contained in the "State-by-State Report Card on Access to Abortion Services" included in Who Decides? A State-by-State Report on the Status of Women's Reproductive Rights, 13th edition, 2004. 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 13 categories. These grades were averaged to offer a general overview of the status of reproductive rights in each circuit.
Deanell Reece Tacha, Sr., Chief Judge,
appointed 12/16/85 by President Ronald Reagan
Stephanie K. Seymour,
appointed 11/2/79 by President Jimmy Carter
appointed 4/20/88 by President Ronald Reagan
Paul J. Kelly, Jr.,
appointed 4/13/92 by President George Bush
Robert H. Henry,
appointed 5/9/94 by President William Clinton
Mary Beck Briscoe,
appointed 5/26/95 by President William Clinton
appointed 6/30/95 by President William Clinton
appointed 8/14/95 by President William Clinton
Harris L. Hartz,
appointed 12/10/01 by President George W. Bush
Terrence L. O'Brien,
appointed 4/16/02 by President George W. Bush
Michael W. McConnell,
appointed 11/25/02 by President George W. Bush
Timothy M. Tymkovich,
appointed 4/1/03 by President George W. Bush