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Senate Majority Upends Rules to Force Confirmation of Extreme Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

Senate Majority Upends Rules to Force Confirmation of Extreme Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

Today, the Senate confirmed extreme Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell upended long-standing rules in order to do so. The move disregarded opposition from people across the country over Gorsuch's extreme judicial philosophy and dangerous record on reproductive health.

Statement from Mary Nolan, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon:

"Women marched en masse in January because they feared the worst. Today, those fears were confirmed. Neil Gorsuch's judicial philosophy and record leave no doubt that he will seek to restrict abortion and cut off access to birth control. Judge Gorsuch is so outside of the mainstream that they had to change the rules in order to jam through his confirmation. What is at stake is the basic right of women to access health care without interference from politicians. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon will never stop fighting for the 70,000 people in Oregon who count on us each year."

Statement from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

"Women of all backgrounds have been in the crosshairs of every policy this Congress has pushed - from undermining maternity care to attacking Planned Parenthood to forcing through the confirmation of Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. There is a reason that women make up the core of the resistance. Too many people still face barriers to health care, especially young people, people of color, those who live in rural areas and people with low incomes. Women have made incredible gains, and we will not stand to see that progress walked back."

In every case related to reproductive rights that Gorsuch considered as a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, he has ruled in a way that would have blocked women's access to reproductive health care. This includes:

Posted on April 7, 2017 in News.
 
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