PPAO Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch: Opposition to Roe v. Wade is a Disqualifier
On Tuesday, Donald Trump announced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Here is a statement from Mary Nolan, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon:
"We have a message for U.S. Senators 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. 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. 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. Donald Trump's nominee, Neil Gorsuch, has an alarming history of interfering with reproductive rights and health. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon calls on every U.S. 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 on Tuesday, 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.
Support for access to safe, legal abortion is at a record high - nearly 70 percent of Americans don't want to see Roe v. Wade overturned, the highest rate since the case was decided more than 40 years ago - and that includes people who voted for Donald Trump.
Contrary to stereotypes, Latinos in this country are also very supportive of access to reproductive health care, including safe, legal abortion. According to a poll commissioned by the National Latina Institute of Reproductive Health, 67 percent of Latino and Latina voters do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned, and 82 percent agree with women making their own decision on the issue without political interference.
Gorsuch ruled in favor of the idea that corporations are people and against women's access to contraception. He also sided with politicians trying to deny women and men access to basic health care like STD tests and reproductive healthcare education services provided by Planned Parenthood health centers. Gorsuch has also been highly critical of LGBTQ advocates and others who turn to the courts to protect their constitutional rights.
Every year, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon presents the Marilyn Epstein Pro-Choice Champion Award to recognize leaders who go above and beyond in advocating for reproductive health care. We are proud to announce that this year’s honorees are the Chief Sponsors of the Reproductive Health Equity Act: House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, Representatives Jeff Barker and Julie Fahey and Senators Laurie Monnes Anderson and Richard Devlin.
PRO-CHOICE COALITION OF OREGON PRESS RELEASE
SALEM, Ore., April 14, 2017 - The Oregon House Healthcare Committee today passed landmark legislation to ensure reproductive health equity across the state.
The Reproductive Health Equity Act (House Bill 3391) removes financial barriers and ensures that every Oregonian is empowered to make their own decisions about whether and when to become a parent. Limitations on reproductive health services can have profoundly harmful effects on public health and on an individual person's life opportunities ...
Every woman in Oregon should be able to make decisions about whether and when to be a parent based on what’s best for her.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon is working hard to ensure that health insurance — whether paid for by individuals, employers or government funds — covers the full range of reproductive health services: preconception care, contraception, abortion, prenatal care, childbirth and postpartum care.