FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2017
Contact: Mallory Quigley, [email protected] 202-223-8073
First of President Trump’s Major Pro-life Commitments Fulfilled
Washington, DC – Today the Senate voted to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice. The vote comes one day after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to change the procedural rules of the Senate and end the Democrats’ filibuster of President Trump’s nominee.
“We congratulate Judge Gorsuch on his well-deserved confirmation,” said Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) president Marjorie Dannenfelser. “The swift fulfillment of President Trump’s commitment to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices is a tremendous win for the pro-life movement. Susan B. Anthony List has been rallying the pro-life grassroots behind Judge Gorsuch’s nomination for months, including rallies in seven states where pro-lifers came out in force to urge their Senators to confirm Gorsuch. Pro-abortion ideologues, led by Senator Schumer, could not derail a nominee of Neil Gorsuch’s caliber. Their obstructionism will only hurt Democrats up for re-election in 2018.”
Immediately after the announcement of Gorsuch’s nomination, national and state pro-life groups, spearheaded by SBA List, launched the Pro-life Court Coalition to rally support for Gorsuch and ensure his swift confirmation to the Supreme Court. The Coalition has rallied grassroots online and on the ground in support of Judge Gorsuch. The coalition focused its efforts on Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2018 states by holding rallies and press conferences in Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, North Dakota, Montana, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
Last month, sixty Pro-life Court Coalition members sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation. The letter cites Judge Gorsuch’s opinions in the Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor cases, as well as his dissent in a case where a 10th Circuit panel sided with Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider. The letter also notes Gorsuch’s book, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, where he states that “human life is fundamentally and inherently valuable” and that “the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.”
President Trump has made four specific commitments to the pro-life movement, including nominating pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Susan B. Anthony List and its connected super PAC, Women Speak Out spent more than $18 million in the 2016 election cycle, knocking on more than 1.1 million doors in battleground states to defeat Hillary Clinton and maintain a pro-life Senate. SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 465,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.