CALIFORNIA – Jodi Hicks, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, issued the following statement on the third day of confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett, in which Judiciary Committee members questioned Barrett on her stances, including around the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade.
“On the third day of the judiciary committee, Amy Coney Barrett deflected again to state her opinion on critical cases that have been decided – like ones pertaining to birth control and marriage equality – and questions around the ACA. She also refused to respond when asked if she thought that voting discrimination still exists. As our country continues to face a racial justice reckoning, it’s more important than ever that all voters have equal access to cast their ballots, just as they deserve equal access to health care and civil liberties. It’s clear after the last 72 hours that our future is more at stake than ever. While we ask the Senate to pause on this process which fundamentally challenges our democracy – we also ask Californians to rise to the occasion and vote like they never have before. We must send a message from the west that we are strong, we are resilient and we stand for women, LGTBQ+ communities, people of color and everyone else who has been disenfranchised as part of this process.”
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) is the state public policy office representing California’s seven separately incorporated Planned Parenthood affiliates. Through advocacy and electoral action, PPAC promotes sound public policy in areas of sexual and reproductive health care and sex education.