NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut Statement on Supreme Court Vacancy

After Supreme Court Chief Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut issued the following statement:

“Today Justice Kennedy announced his retirement and because President Trump will nominate the next Supreme Court justice, a woman’s constitutional right to access legal abortion is in dire, immediate danger. Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and the anti-choice GOP have already stolen one seat from the American people, and now they have one more seat on the bench to enact their brutal ideology for decades to come. ”

This is not a drill: the lawsuits necessary to overturn Roe are already moving through the lower courts, and extreme anti-choice activists boast that they only need one new Trump justice to end legal abortion. Roe is in jeopardy like never before, and we can’t afford to let another Trump Justice anywhere near the Supreme Court. Now, with this new Supreme Court vacancy, Roe and every woman’s constitutional right to access abortion is facing a dire emergency.

We know what’s at stake: Trump has long promised to only nominate justices who overturn the right to legal abortion. We can’t and won’t go back to the days when abortion was illegal in this country. In Connecticut, we are proud to be one of the few states that has codified the protections of Roe in our state statutes. Now is the time for Senators to stand up to Donald Trump’s dangerous and devastating agenda, and prove beyond doubt that they will protect women’s rights, and the fundamental rights of all Americans. With a Supreme Court vacancy, a woman’s right to control her own destiny hangs in the balance, and we look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with Senator Blumenthal and Senator Murphy in this fight.”

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About NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, Inc.
The legislative arm of NARAL works to pass pro-choice legislation and defend against anti-choice legislation at the State Capitol, believing strongly that all women have the right to access the full range of reproductive choices including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.

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