Planned Parenthood Votes Calls on Senator Murkowski to Reject Rushed Confirmation Process
For Immediate Release: Sept. 26, 2020 (Updated: Sept. 26, 2020, 9:46 p.m.)
Amy Coney Barrett Selected as Nominee to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy Left by the Late Justice Ginsberg
ANCHORAGE — Today, Amy Coney Barrett was selected as President Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee. At a time when our country requires leadership on COVID-19, when millions are in financial crisis, and we are grappling with a racial reckoning, this confirmation process is what the administration is prioritizing. The U.S. Senate will rush the nomination process in an effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and overturn Roe v. Wade.
Statement from Jessica Cler, Alaska State Director at Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawai‘i (PPVNH):
“Today, Amy Coney Barrett was selected as nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Her presence on the appeals court has already put the individual rights and freedoms of too many people at risk. We urge the Senate to hold Justice Ginsburg’s seat open until after inauguration day. This rushed, blatantly partisan process is an insult to the legacy of Justice Ginsburg, the dignity of the nation’s highest court, and our democracy.
“Not only is Barrett a threat to reproductive rights and has called Roe v. Wade an “erroneous decision” she has been openly critical of the ACA and the 2012 Supreme Court decision that upheld the law. The Human Rights Campaign has called her ‘an absolute threat to LGBTQ rights.’ Access to abortion is hanging on by a thread across the country for too many people — specifically BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) communities forced to navigate a legacy of systemic racism and discriminatory policies.
“The U.S Senate has an opportunity to slow this process down, listen to constituents, and understand the ramifications of this lifetime appointment. We call on Senator Murkowski to stand up for our basic rights once again. Senator Murkowski stated in the past she wants a Supreme Court nomination process with “decorum and fairness,” but this process is inherently flawed. We are asking her to uphold the fundamental standards in a confirmation process that will change the course of our future.”
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawai‘i (PPVNH) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization educating residents and policy-makers about reproductive health issues in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Hawaiʻi. PPVNH lobbies and educates to advance Planned Parenthood's mission and also engages in limited electoral activities.