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CALIFORNIA – Jodi Hicks, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, issued the following statement upon hearing Senator Romney (R-Utah) will vote in support of a Supreme Court Justice to fill the vacancy left by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent death.

“It’s disappointing, albeit not surprising, that Senator Romney, joining other Republican Senators, announced he would align with President Trump and Senator McConnell to fill the Supreme Court vacancy before Election Day. While we adamantly believe Justice Ginsburg’s successor should be named and confirmed after a new president is elected and inaugurated, as Senate Republicans called for similarly in 2016, it’s clear that instead we will be faced with an expedited process – despite early voting already in progress. If the Senate’s vote to nominate a Supreme Court Justice goes through before Election Day and the Inauguration, the new makeup of the Supreme Court will undoubtedly put tens of millions of Americans’ fundamental human rights at risk, and access to sexual and reproductive health care, like birth control and safe, legal abortion, under extreme and dire threat. 

“We urge Californians to continue contacting their representatives and elected officials across the country; we must speak out and fight until the last moment on this to ensure Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish does not go ignored.” 


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.