April 2, 2017 / Press Releases

NARAL Statement on Sen. Tester’s Opposition to Neil Gorsuch

April 2, 2017

Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, released the following statement after Senator Jon Tester announced that he will vote against Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation:

“Senator Tester is the latest senator to commit to stand with millions of Americans who do not want to see Donald Trump’s nominee, Judge Gorsuch, confirmed to the highest court in the land. Senator Tester has a long history of fighting for women, for families, and for workers, and he has done so again in this case. NARAL members in Montana and around this country appreciate Senator Tester’s vigilance. He’s exactly the kind of leader that will see us through these troubled times.

“Americans are increasingly concerned by the news of intelligence agencies investigating the ties between the Trump Administration and the Russian government. They don’t want this vote to go forward until we get to the bottom of it. Short of delay, we call upon all of the undeclared Democratic senators to commit to voting against this nominee, on both cloture and final confirmation, requiring him to meet the 60 vote threshold required to confirm a Supreme Court justice. We call upon Republican senators to not change the rules for Donald Trump. If Judge Gorsuch can’t earn 60 votes, they shouldn’t change the rules — they should change the nominee.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America has organized The People’s Defense campaign, a massive grassroots effort to defeat Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Joining the campaign are Indivisible, American Federation of Teachers, Center for American Progress Action Fund, CREDO Action, Emily’s List, End Citizens United, EveryVoice, MoveOn.org Civic Action, People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Service Employees International Union, Stand Up America, and the Working Families Party.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”


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