CHANGE Statement: Global Health Experts Say Coney Barrett is a Direct Threat to Sexual & Reproductive Health & Freedoms

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2020

CONTACT: Madison Donzis | [email protected] 

STATEMENT: Global Health Experts Say Coney Barrett is a Direct Threat to Sexual & Reproductive Health & Freedoms

Serra Sippel, President of the CHANGE (the Center for Health & Gender Equity) issued the following statement on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in the coming weeks: 

“The attempt to force Amy Coney Barrett, a woman with opinions far outside the mainstream of public opinion, through the Senate confirmation process and onto the Supreme Court before the people have a chance to vote on the future of their political leadership is a national catastrophe, one that will undermine the legitimacy of the Supreme Court for decades to come.

“Amy Coney Barrett has a disturbing record of actively opposing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of individuals and couples. As a member of the anti-abortion groups ‘People of Praise,’ which advocates for women’s subordination to men, and ‘Faculty for Life,’ Barrett has publicly opposed access to contraception and abortion services. She has objected to equal rights for women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people raising serious concerns about her ability and desire to uphold internationally recognized human rights norms and standards that should pervade our highest Court in the land.’ 

“Barrett has called Roe v. Wade an ‘erroneous decision,’ signed onto a statement saying the ACA’s birth control benefit was an ‘assault on religious liberty,’ and defended the dissenters in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark Supreme Court ruling affirming marriage equality. The list goes on. 

“To be clear, LGBTQ+ rights, abortion rights, access to contraception, maternity health care, and nondiscrimination in insurance guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act could fall under siege with the appointment of someone like Coney Barrett.

“Trump’s move to nominate a radical justice like Coney Barrett and push forward her confirmation just 40 days before an election is a gross abuse of power. Under no circumstances should the Senate vote on a new Supreme Court Justice until after the people have spoken -- after the inauguration of the next president.”

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