Trump’s Nomination of Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court Justice Threatens Women’s Healthcare, Right to Choose

In response to Mr. Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court Justice, Pamela Merritt and Erin Matson, co-founders and co-directors of Reproaction released the following statements:

Erin Matson on Gorsuch: “Trump’s appointment of Neil Gorsuch is further proof that Donald Trump is on a war path to criminalize all abortion in this country and destroy access to reproductive healthcare at home and around the world. The right to choose abortion is critical for dignity, equality, and justice.  By nominating a judge who has sided with employers arguing they should be exempt from covering birth control because of their religious beliefs, Trump is pandering to extremists who would limit women’s opportunities, damage their health and trample their rights. Neil Gorsuch may be well qualified to serve as a CEO of Hobby Lobby, but he is not a suitable Supreme Court nominee. He must be pressed on his views on Roe v. Wade, and it’s up to all of us to resist.”

Pamela Merritt on Gorsuch: “In nominating Neil Gorsuch to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, Donald Trump has revealed his desire to severely restrict the right to determine if and when to have a baby, have options for preventing or ending pregnancy, and to live in safe and healthy communities free of violence and oppression. Forty-four years after Roe V. Wade, Trump wants to turn back time, endanger the health and wellbeing of millions, and give predominately male lawmakers power over women’s bodies. It is now up to the Senate Judiciary Committee to ensure Gorsuch is not allowed to infringe on reproductive rights and restrict access to abortion. Millions of Americans concerned about dignity, justice, and liberation will be watching.”