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GOP senators confirm Gorsuch, sacrifice integrity for political gain

After the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the following statement:

In short order, the Gorsuch Court will rule on many issues that affect the daily lives of women, families, and working people in this country. Every single senator who voted to confirm this judge will own all of those decisions and what they mean for our constitutional rights in this country. When President Trump’s nominee could not meet the 60-vote threshold that has been used for more than 200 years, Senate Republicans made the choice to ram him through anyway by changing the rules instead of changing their unpopular nominee.

Senate Republicans did this despite the fact that Judge Gorsuch failed to demonstrate that he can represent the experience of all Americans while he serves on the Supreme Court. He is the most far-right Supreme Court nominee in a generation, handpicked by Donald Trump to help fulfill his campaign promise of overturning Roe v. Wade, increasing the power of dark money in our elections, and ensuring powerful businesses can trample the rights of American workers and their families. By marching in lock-step with Donald Trump and his dangerous agenda, Senate Republicans showed their true colors—a fact that Americans won’t soon forget.

The People’s Defense released the following statement:

Today is a sad day for all Americans, whose interests were given a backseat to partisan politics and our tainted president’s extreme agenda. The only way Senate Republicans were able to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch for a seat on the Supreme Court was by choosing to blow up 200 years of Senate tradition and changing the rules in the middle of the game. They even knew that the majority of Americans—their constituents—strongly opposed Republican efforts to ram President Donald Trump’s nominee through the process with the nuclear option. But they didn’t care. Instead, they sided with Trump over their constituents and put a man on the court with a demonstrated record of dismissing the basic freedoms of all Americans. This follows nearly a year of blocking the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for purely partisan reasons. They would be ashamed if that was an emotion they were capable of.

Statement from Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

Women of all backgrounds have been in the crosshairs of every policy this Congress has pushed — from undermining maternity care to attacking Planned Parenthood to forcing through the confirmation of Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. There is a reason that women make up the core of the resistance. Too many people still face barriers to health care, especially young people, people of color, those who live in rural areas, and people with low incomes.  Women have made incredible gains, and we will not stand to see that progress walked back.  When members of Congress go home next week, they will have to answer for their positions on women’s health and rights, at their town halls, public appearances, and even at the corner store.

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