For Immediate Release
Gorsuch Confirmation Another Barrier for Black Women’s Reproductive Rights
Black Women’s Health Imperative Calls on Justice Gorsuch to Protect Women’s Reproductive Rights
WASHINGTON, DC (April 7, 2017) Today, the Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in a vote of 54 to 45. Gorsuch is filling a seat on the high court which was left vacant when Justice Antonin Scalia unexpectedly passed away last year. President Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to fill Scalia’s seat with a pro-life judge that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case which guarantees a woman's right to have a safe, legal abortion. Unfortunately for women, Judge Gorsuch has a well-documented hostility toward women’s reproductive rights.
“I am disheartened that the Senate placed Black women’s reproductive rights in jeopardy, yet again, by confirming Judge Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court justice,” said Linda Goler Blount, president and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative. “The Senate’s confirmation of Judge Gorsuch serves as another reminder that Black women’s reproductive rights continue to be trampled on by policymakers. Judges are on the front lines of the fight to protect the rights of the people, including a woman’s constitutional right to access comprehensive reproductive health care. It is important for individuals who are selected and confirmed as Supreme Court justices to protect the rights of all Americans, regardless of their beliefs, religion, or gender. Judge Gorsuch’s record shows that he will deny women access to reproductive care under the guise of religious freedom. At a time when state and federal policymakers are erecting additional barriers to accessing reproductive health care through dangerous abortion restrictions and limits on Title X funding, Black women need a Supreme Court that will respect the precedent set by Roe v. Wade. Currently, the unintended pregnancy rate for Black women is double the rate for White women, and we are also three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related conditions. Continuously obstructing Black women’s ability to make decisions according to their health and family needs will cripple Black women financially and emotionally. We will continue to voice opposition to nominees who are biased and refuse to protect the rights of all citizens.”
About the Black Women’s Health Imperative
The Black Women’s Health Imperative identifies the most pressing health issues that affect the nation's 21 million Black women and girls and invest in the best of the best strategies, partners and organizations that share our goal: ensuring Black women live longer, healthier, more prosperous lives.