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Statement on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court

(New Haven, CT) — Today, President Trump announced the nomination of judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Statement from Amanda Skinner, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Votes! Connecticut: 

“Tonight, President Trump defied the dying wish of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court just 38 days before Election Day. This seat on our country’s highest court doesn’t belong to the Trump administration — it’s the people’s seat. We must select a president this November to nominate Justice Ginsburg’s replacement. Let’s be clear: there should be no nomination before inauguration.

“Our country faces a global pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 people in the U.S. and continues to reckon with a long, violent history of systemic racism and white supremacy. President Trump’s determination to push through a Supreme Court nominee during these national crises is a threat to our health and our rights and a disgrace to our democracy. The selection of Amy Coney Barrett — a jurist with a record of hostility toward reproductive health and rights — is a particular insult to Justice Ginsburg’s legacy and her lifelong fight for equity under the law.

“We urge the U.S. Senate to refuse to vote on Trump’s nominee and instead work to pass legislation to address the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide meaningful relief as thousands of people in America continue to struggle and suffer.

“The people must have a say in this election to decide who will join the highest court in the land. We will rise up and fight alongside our partners to stop any Supreme Court confirmation before the 2021 inauguration.”