WASHINGTON – Tonight President Trump announced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States:
Statement from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood of America:
“We have a message for members of the Senate on Judge Gorsuch: opposing Roe v Wade is a disqualifier. The right to safe and legal abortion has been the law of the land for more than 40 years, and is a part of the fabric of this country. Nominees to the highest court in the land must make clear that they will protect our fundamental rights — including the right of a woman to control her body. There has never been a more important Supreme Court nomination. It has become crystal clear that the courts are going to be the last – and sometimes only – line of defense against dangerous and unconstitutional attacks on basic rights. At risk is a woman’s right to control her own body and access health care, the right to vote, and the right of all people in this country to be free from discrimination based on who they love, where they come from, their race, and their religious beliefs.
President Trump’s nominee, Neil Gorsuch, has an alarming history of interfering with reproductive rights and health. Planned Parenthood calls on every United States Senator to uphold a fundamental standard: if you oppose Roe v Wade and women’s access to basic health care, you are not qualified to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States.”
Earlier today, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards sent Senate leaders McConnell and Schumer a letter making clear that it is unacceptable to appoint any justice to the highest court in the land who will attack a woman’s right to reproductive freedom. Americans overwhelmingly support keeping abortion safe and legal, which has been the law of the land for more than 40 years.