We must remain strong and be ready to act.
Last night, ultra-conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed and sworn in to the Supreme Court. Republicans rushed through her confirmation, swearing her in eight mere days before a presidential election in which Americans have already cast 62 million votes nationwide. Barret will replace the seat vacated by the venerable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a feminist icon whose last wish was that the next president be able to choose her replacement.
“The day has finally arrived. We’re on the brink of losing our hard fought right to choose. We’re going to have to fight like never before to protect our rights and those of the next generation,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of NOW-NY.
Barrett has previously signaled her interest in reversing Roe v. Wade, and said during her confirmation hearing that the 1973 landmark case that gave women the right to choose was not a “super-precedent,” meaning it was not a precedent that could not be overruled. With 19 abortion-related cases in the pipeline to be heard in front of the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade is in grave danger.
Now that there is a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, there couldn’t be more at stake. Already due to weigh in on voting-related disputes in several battleground states, the Supreme Court could be asked to decide issues arising from the November 3rd presidential election. In the coming weeks, the Court will hear critical cases on the LGBTQ rights (Nov. 4th), the Affordable Care Act (Nov. 10th), and the census (Nov. 30th).
We must be ready to defend our rights and take action, and we need your support NOW to do it. Help us make sure women’s voices remain strong and we have the resources needed to mobilize supporters, take action, and hold our leaders accountable. NOW has advanced the rights of women and girls for more than 50 years, and we won’t go back.