It is with saddened hearts that we mourn the loss of a giant and a trailblazing Supreme Court Justice. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a warrior who fought tirelessly for equality. She understood the importance of bodily autonomy and knew that it is an essential component of reproductive freedom—the ability to control your body and plan your future.  But with the presidential election just around the corner, her passing has left a vacancy on the bench, a crisis in the Courts. Already, Donald Trump is attempting to fast-track an ultra-conservative judge to the Court who would not only solidify a conservative supermajority but close all of the doors Justice Ginsburg worked so hard to open. 

 

Why is Trump trying to rush through this Supreme Court nomination? 

Electing a Supreme Court Justice is one of the most impactful ways a president can leave a lasting influence on our nation, long past their time in office. The nomination process for a Supreme Court justice begins with the president selecting a nominee, in this case, anti-reproductive freedom extremist Amy Coney Barrett. The Senate is then notified of the decision, and it is passed to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Usually, the process takes two to three months; however, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to expedite the process, and hearings could be as early as October 12th. 

Let’s be clear: Trump and Mitch McConnell are rushing through this process even though voters are already casting their ballots. Their goal is to rile up their base ahead of the election and cement their control over our rights, our freedom, and our bodies. 

President Trump has said that he is committed to choosing a judge who will overturn Roe v. Wade. Trump’s nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, is a Chicago judge known for her Christian faith and anti-abortion views. She would be a major turning point for the Court; a conservative justice would establish a 6-3 Conservative majority on the Court, making it nearly impossible for liberal Justices to have an impact on decisions. 

Without Justice Ginsburg on the bench, Roe v. Wade is at stake. Future reproductive healthcare-related cases, such as the upcoming Food and Drug Administration v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which focuses on whether abortion medication can be obtained through telehealth services, could serve as entryways to chip away at or overturn Roe

 

Three things you can do now to take action right now 

1. We can make a difference by demanding that the Senate refuse to make a decision on a justice until the next president is inaugurated. 

Call Sen. Josh Hawley

DC: 202-224-6154

STL: 314-354-7060

 

Call Sen. Roy Blunt

DC: (202) 224-5721

STL: (314) 725 4484

2. Volunteer with NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri through the Reproductive Freedom Front to make sure that pro-choice champions are elected across the state of Missouri. Simply take two actions a month that support reproductive freedom and make a major impact in crucial districts across the state. 

3. Lastly, whether or not a new justice is selected by Election Day, it’s imperative that you vote for reproductive champions on November 3rd. Make sure you’re registered to vote here, know the NARAL endorsed champions on the ballot, and take a few moments to make sure you have a voting plan for the 3rd. We need your voice more than ever. 

 

Sources: 
  • https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/press/rep/releases/chairman-graham-announces-hearing-dates-for-judge-barretts-supreme-court-nomination#:~:text=The%20hearing%20will%20last%20three,begin%20on%20Tuesday%2C%20October%2013.
  • https://apnews.com/article/ruth-bader-ginsburg-us-supreme-court-courts-laws-texas-0565aa9c19f4f28e3bc793646180d5b5
  • https://www.vox.com/21446616/ruth-bader-ginsburg-and-abortion-roe-wade
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/27/us/politics/senate-supreme-court-nominee.html
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