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Tillis Votes to Confirm Trump’s Third SCOTUS Nominee, Now North Carolinians Will Vote Him Out

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 26, 2020
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Senator Thom Tillis’ vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett puts the health and rights of North Carolinians at risk and all but ensures his upcoming defeat this November

Raleigh, NC — Today, instead of prioritizing badly-needed COVID-19 relief, or finally advancing a plan to protect and expand access to health care as millions lose employer-sponsored insurance plans, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) instead voted to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. This rushed and illegitimate confirmation comes just 8 days before Election Day. Millions of North Carolinians have already cast their ballots to elect Cal Cunningham, the only candidate in this race who will fight for their health and rights.

Statement from Sarah Riddle, spokesperson, Planned Parenthood Votes in North Carolina:

“Senator Tillis has once again failed to protect and prioritize the health of North Carolinians today by rushing through a Supreme Court nominee who may cast the deciding vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With over 4.2 million North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions and hundreds of thousands potentially losing access to birth control and pregnancy coverage if the ACA is struck down, we cannot afford to re-elect Tillis. Planned Parenthood Votes is working around the clock to ensure Tillis pays for his callous vote at the ballot box, as we fight to elect Cal Cunningham, a strong advocate for reproductive rights.”

Trump’s two other Supreme Court appointees, Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, have already voted to jeopardize our health and rights. This summer, they argued in support of upholding Louisiana's medically unnecessary abortion restrictions. This is as Trump hoped when he pledged to only appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade. Barrett’s confirmation could be the tipping point that secures a court hostile to reproductive and civil rights for a generation, making it even more important to have reproductive health champions like Cal Cunningham serving in public office up and down the ballot.

Today, 17 abortion-related cases are just one step from the Supreme Court. 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.    


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