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ARHP Statement on Nomination of Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

For Immediate Release, Thursday, February 2, 2017, www.arhp.org
Contact: communications@arhp.org

ARHP Statement on Nomination of Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON – Wayne Shields, president and CEO of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, issues the following statement in response to the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court:

After the people of the United States were forced to wait most of 2016 to fill an empty Supreme Court seat with a highly-qualified, moderate candidate, Donald Trump has put forth a nominee who is both unqualified and ideologically extreme. Mr. Trump promised a Supreme Court nominee who would oppose abortion rights and overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. We should take him at his word with the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to this lifetime appointment.

Mr. Gorsuch has a long track record of opposing women’s rights and access to contraception and supporting the rights of religious institutions to impose ideological restrictions on their employees. We cannot trust him to support the Constitutional principles of the separation of church and state, and to respect established law. The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals represents its 14,000 health professional members in strongly opposing Mr. Gorsuch’s nomination, and urges the Senate to reject his nomination.

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