Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette: Justice Kennedy’s Successor Must Uphold Women’s Rights, Especially to Make their Own Reproductive Health Choices

Jun 27, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip and co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, vowed to press even harder to protect women’s rights in the United States today after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement as of July 31. She called on Americans who believe in reproductive freedom to make their voices heard as President Donald J. Trump considers potential nominees and sends the name of at least one to the Senate for confirmation.

“With Justice Kennedy’s retirement, the stakes couldn’t be higher for protecting a woman’s right to make her own reproductive health choices, which has been protected in the United States for more than 45 years,” DeGette said. “This right is now at serious risk of being overturned.

“Under the current administration, we have seen an unprecedented assault on women’s access to health care services as well as the limitation of scientifically-accurate information and truthful discussion of medical options exchanged between providers and their patients. The Supreme Court majority’s decision this week in NIFLA v Becerra, which lets ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ continue deceiving women about their reproductive health options, may be a frightening omen of things to come if President Trump places another justice on the bench who is aligned with part or all of that agenda.

“This vacancy comes not long after the President had his pick of nominees from lists furnished by extreme conservatives even while still a candidate – a vacancy maintained by Republican senators who blocked the filling of a seat on the bench during the Obama presidency.

“This time, the president must be told loud and clear that he should select someone who represents the seven in 10 people in this country who believe in a women’s right to choose. We who support that right and rise time and again to defend it need to do so now, so that from the White House to the Senate to communities across the nation, it will be clearly understood that we will not tolerate anything less than a justice who agrees to uphold the laws of the land, rather than be an active participant on an activist, agenda-driven court – in all matters, but especially when it comes to women’s right to determine what happens to their own bodies.”