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McSally Votes to Confirm Trump Supreme Court Justice, Putting the Health & Rights of Arizonans at Risk 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 26, 2020
CONTACT: Planned Parenthood Votes Media Office; 212-261-4433; [email protected]
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Voters are already casting ballots to kick out unelected Sen. McSally

Phoenix, AZ — Today, unelected Sen. Martha McSally voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court. Sen. McSally’s confirmation vote for Barrett, who has a record hostile to reproductive health and rights, is not surprising, given McSally’s history of siding with President Trump and Mitch McConnell’s agenda against health care. This is a justice who may vote to dismantle Roe v. Wade and overturn the Affordable Care Act, putting the health and rights of Arizonans at risk. Unfortunately, this would line up with McSally’s record in Washington. She’s voted multiple times to deny patients’ ability to obtain critical, lifesaving care at Planned Parenthood health centers, which could put reproductive health care services for Arizonans in jeopardy, and has said she would support banning abortion.

With an abortion ban on the books in the state that pre-dates Roe v. Wade, under which abortion providers face imprisonment up to 5 years for providing essential health care, Arizona is among the most likely states  to ban abortion should Roe fall. With her vote to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court, Sen. McSally puts Roe and the ACA in jeopardy.

Statement from Kelley Dupps, Planned Parenthood Votes spokesperson in Arizona:

“Today, unelected Martha McSally failed once again to represent the people of Arizona. Since being appointed, she has been in lockstep with the Trump administration, and will do whatever she can to block access to affordable health care and overturn the right to safe, legal abortion no matter the cost to her constituents. Voters in our state are already sending in their ballots to elect Mark Kelly and guarantee McSally loses the seat she never even earned. Today’s vote will help seal the deal — Planned Parenthood Votes and our supporters across the state will be sure of it.”

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court came one vote short of opening the floodgates to an onslaught of restrictions that would make safe, legal abortion in America a right in name only. Trump’s two other Supreme Court appointees, Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, dissented and argued in support of upholding a medically unnecessary abortion restriction in Louisiana — just as Donald Trump hoped when he pledged to only appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade. Now, 17 abortion-related cases are just one step from the Supreme Court. McSally’s vote today to confirm Trump’s third nominee could be the tipping point that secures a Court hostile to reproductive and civil rights for a generation.

Access to abortion is hanging on by a thread across the country, and for too many people — specifically Black and Brown communities forced to navigate a legacy of systemic racism and discriminatory policies — Roe is essentially meaningless because abortion is already inaccessible.


Planned Parenthood Votes is an independent expenditure political committee registered with the Federal Election Commission.