So Trump Announced His SCOTUS Nominee

[Content Note: Bigotry.]

And it's Neil Gorsuch. He is aggressively anti-choice, hostile to voting rights and LGBTQ rights, sympathetic to police who use deadly violence, pro-business, a "strict constructionist" (literal interpreter of the Constitution), and your all-around basic nightmare.

Here are some of the organizations who are fighting on our behalf:

National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF) President Debra L. Ness in a statement:
At this pivotal moment, the country needs a Supreme Court justice with a deep commitment to equal justice for all, privacy and fairness for women, people of color, workers, religious and ethnic minorities, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, seniors, and every person who may face discrimination.

Judge Gorsuch is not that nominee. His record indicates that he is far outside the mainstream of legal thinking in this country. In two separate cases, he supported restricting women's coverage for birth control. He would have allowed Planned Parenthood to be defunded, and he has ruled repeatedly against employees who alleged discrimination or unfair treatment—deciding in favor of big business and against workers.

In the months and years ahead, the Supreme Court will issue rulings that shape our laws and our lives with regard to our right to choose abortion, our right to privacy, women's rights, workers' rights, civil rights, immigrants' rights, voting rights, and other essential laws. The next justice will be positioned to either protect or undermine the rights and liberties our country holds dear—and we may never have needed a Supreme Court that respects the separation of powers more than we do today.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue in a statement: "With Judge Neil Gorsuch, the stakes couldn't be higher when it comes to women and our lives. Gorsuch represents an existential threat to legal abortion in the United States and must never wear the robes of a Supreme Court justice. ...NARAL and our 1.2 million member-activists call on the Senate to reject Trump's nominee using any and all available means, including the filibuster."

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards in a letter to Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer: "Based on the events of the last week coupled with the historic import of the Supreme Court in our society, it is clear the courts are going to be the last—and sometimes only—line of defense against dangerous and unconstitutional attacks on our basic rights—not only protecting women's basic right to control their own bodies and access health care, but protecting all people in this country from discrimination based on who they love, where they come from, their race, their religious beliefs, or their right to vote. Any nominee to the Supreme Court must at minimum be independent, have a demonstrated record of mainstream jurisprudence, and be prepared to defend the Constitution against actions that show little regard for the rule of law or our shared American values."

Human Rights Commission President Chad Griffin in a statement: "The Supreme Court has played a central role in advancing the promise of equality for LGBTQ Americans, and Judge Gorsuch's anti-equality record—from opposing crucial medical treatment for a transgender person to supporting a license to discriminate for private corporations—make him unfit to sit on the nation's highest court. We cannot afford a justice who will roll back our rights, or who will be a rubber stamp for Donald Trump's unconstitutional actions. And America cannot afford to have Judge Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. We oppose this nomination."

EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock in a statement: "Make no mistake—President Donald Trump's pick of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is another move by this new administration that completely disregards women and families across this country. This choice comes as little surprise, given that President Trump, his administration, and an all-too-eager Republican Party have already prioritized rolling the clock back decades on human rights, civil rights, and equal rights—as well as endangering the progress we've made expanding access to health care, protecting our environment, and expanding opportunities for immigrants through programs like DACA. ...Let me also be clear—this was President Obama's seat to fill, and the Republican Party stole it."

People For the American Way (PFAW) President Michael Keegan in a statement: "Judge Neil Gorsuch is an ideological warrior who puts his own right-wing politics above the Constitution, the law and the rights of everyday people. ...Judge Gorsuch has spent his entire career pushing an extreme agenda that hurts ordinary Americans. He has made clear that he's a patently unacceptable choice who'd push his own dangerous agenda from the bench. Over the course of his career, he's turned his back on fundamental American rights, from shutting down claims of gender discrimination in the workplace, to trying to limit Americans' ability to join class-action lawsuits to challenge corporate wrong-doing, to ruling in the original Hobby Lobby decision that corporations are people and can refuse to offer their employees birth control, to claiming that a police officer could not be sued for using excessive force when his stun gun killed a young man running from police simply because he was growing marijuana plants. That's appalling."

All* Above All Co-Director Destiny Lopez in a statement: "Trump has no mandate to stack the court with ideologues who want to take away women's basic rights, and we implore Senators who would defend women's health to ask the tough questions and, if necessary, fight this pick every step of the way."

That is, of course, not a complete list, especially since many organizations have not yet distributed press releases on the pick yet.

But it's time to fight, and I think it's important to know who's going to be fighting for and with us.

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