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Picture from Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vigil with a person wearing a mask and holding a sign that says "Honor RBG's Wish: No Confirmation Until Inauguration."

Des Moines, Iowa — Today, President Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Justice Ginsburg was a fierce fighter for gender equality, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, abortion rights, and health care for all.

The nominee will now go before the U.S. Senate for a confirmation vote. Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst have gone on record saying they will support pushing a nominee through prior to the election, contradicting their previous positions on not filling a vacancy during an election year. 

“This appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court will have a lasting effect on our rights for generations to come and the people of this country should be the ones to decide through their vote at the ballot box,” said Erin Davison-Rippey, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa. 

“The future of health care and LGBTQ, abortion and equality rights—everything Ruth Bader Ginsberg spent her entire career advancing and protecting—are at stake with this nomination. Our elected officials should respect her last wishes to wait and install a replacement after inauguration, instead of putting divisive politics ahead of human decency and doing the right thing.” 

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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa (PPAI) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a mission of fostering and preserving a social and political climate favorable to reproductive health. To meet this mission, PPAI engages in lobbying, issues education, and supporter mobilization.Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa (PPAI) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a mission of fostering and preserving a social and political climate favorable to reproductive health. To meet this mission, PPAI engages in lobbying, issues education, and supporter mobilization.

Photo: Victoria Pickering, cropped on social.

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