For Immediate Release: September 21, 2020
Washington, DC — In the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, Senate Republicans including Senator Joni Ernst 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 Joni Ernst are trying to jam through a nominee determined to gut reproductive freedom and use the Court as a tool of oppression. Our members and all who value democracy and freedom will fight for RBG’s vision of a Court committed to equality and progress. We will make sure that politicians like Senator Ernst, who have vowed to rubber-stamp Trump and Mitch McConnell’s efforts to stack our courts with ideologues, are held to account.”
Last week, Senator Ernst earned an ‘A’ from extremist anti-choice organization Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List for his dangerous positions attacking reproductive freedom, continuing to prove that her views go against a majority of Iowa voters. A new Public Policy Polling survey found that a large majority (70%) of Iowa voters believe that abortion should be legal, and that the government should not prevent a woman from making that decision for herself. Just 14% say they would only consider voting for a candidate who supports banning abortion in the November election.
NARAL Pro-Choice America is in the midst of our largest-ever electoral program designed to reach, persuade, and mobilize key voters, including Iowans who are motivated by Senator Ernst’s 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 Senator Ernst accountable.
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.