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PPAO Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch: Opposition to Roe v. Wade is a Disqualifier

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.

Background

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.

Posted on February 1, 2017 in News.
 
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