NARAL Pro-Choice America President Condemns Senator Thom Tillis for Rushing to Vote on Trump Supreme Court Nominee 45 Days Before Election
For Immediate Release: Saturday, September 19, 2020
North Carolina — In the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, Senate Republicans including Sen. Thom Tillis are already delivering on their strategy to jam through another nomination and install another Trump ideologue to the Court, even as Americans are casting their ballots in the November presidential election.
Just days before her death, Justice Ginsburg made her final wish clear: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” It’s clear that reproductive freedom is on the line like never before, and a Trump supermajority on the Court would be devastating for our rights and freedoms for decades to come.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement:
“It’s clear that when it comes to our fundamental freedoms, we’ve reached an all-out state of emergency, especially after the devastating loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Radical Right has spent decades in a coordinated effort to take over our courts with the explicit intention of halting progress, ending Roe, and furthering their agenda of power and control. Rather than honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy or upholding the values of a strong majority of Americans, politicians like Senator Tillis are trying to jam through a nominee determined to gut reproductive freedom. Make no mistake, we will fight like hell to make sure that politicians like Thom Tillis, who have vowed to rubber-stamp Trump and Mitch McConnell’s efforts to stack our courts with ideologues, are held to account.”
Just last week, Tillis earned an ‘A’ rating from extremist anti-choice organization Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List for his dangerous positions attacking reproductive freedom. Tillis also joined Vice President Mike Pence at an event held by SBA List earlier this month, which included a tour of a fake women’s health center known for promoting dangerous disinformation and medical myths falsely tying abortion care to breast cancer.
NARAL Pro-Choice America is in the midst of our largest-ever electoral program designed to reach, persuade, and mobilize key voters, including North Carolinians who are motivated by Senator Tillis’ betrayal of their values and Trump and Republicans’ unyielding attacks on reproductive freedom. Come November, NARAL and its 2.5 million members are ready to vote out Donald Trump, flip the Senate, and hold senators like Thom Tillis accountable.
A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that a strong majority (74%) of North Carolina voters believe that abortion should be legal, and that the government should not prevent a woman from making that decision for herself. Just 11% of say they would only consider voting for a candidate who supports banning abortion in the November election.
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters have fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom—including access to abortion, contraception, and paid family leave—for every body. NARAL is powered by its more than 2.5 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 7 in 10 Americans who believe every person should have the freedom to make the best decision for themselves about if, when, and how to raise a family.