April 7, 2017 / Press Releases

NARAL on Gorsuch Confirmation: “A Dark Day for Women and Families”

April 7, 2017

After the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the following statement:

“In short order, the Gorsuch Court will rule on many issues that affect the daily lives of women, families, and working people in this country. Every single senator who voted to confirm this judge will own all of those decisions and what they mean for our constitutional rights in this country. When President Trump’s nominee could not meet the 60-vote threshold that has been used for more than 200 years, Senate Republicans made the choice to ram him through anyway by changing the rules instead of changing their unpopular nominee.  

“Senate Republicans did this despite the fact that Judge Gorsuch failed to demonstrate that he can represent the experience of all Americans while he serves on the Supreme Court. He is the most far-right Supreme Court nominee in a generation, handpicked by Donald Trump to help fulfill his campaign promise of overturning Roe v. Wade, increasing the power of dark money in our elections, and ensuring powerful businesses can trample the rights of American workers and their families. By marching in lock-step with Donald Trump and his dangerous agenda, Senate Republicans showed their true colors—a fact that Americans won’t soon forget.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America led the People’s Defense campaign, a massive grassroots effort to defeat Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Joining the campaign are Indivisible, American Federation of Teachers, Center for American Progress Action Fund, CREDO Action, Demos, 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.


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