Monday, April 12, 2010
Stop right-wing frenzy over Supreme Court vacancy
Only hours after we said good riddance to anti-choice Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), we learned that Justice John Paul Stevens was set to announce his decision to retire from the Supreme Court.
We can't thank Justice Stevens enough for his years of public service and respect for individual freedom. Without Supreme Court justices like Stevens who support the constitutional right to privacy, abortion would not be legal today.
Our anti-choice opponents are already using this vacancy to rally their base. Fox News hate-mongerer Glenn Beck sank to new lows when he told his listeners to expect President Obama to pick a "gay, handicapped, black woman, who's an immigrant."1 The unfounded insults and personal attacks are only going to get worse.
We need to fight back against the anti-choice rallying cry, and that begins with President Obama. Join me in calling on President Obama to say no to the right wing.
Justice Stevens is among the strongest supporters of the right to choose currently serving on the Supreme Court, and his retirement is a pivotal moment for pro-choice Americans.
Our opponents are going to flood the White House with messages, and we can't be outnumbered.
We must ensure that President Obama hears from pro-choice people like you this week. He could announce his nominee very soon.
The Supreme Court is just one vote shy of overturning Roe v. Wade. Two justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, have voted to reverse Roe, and they have been joined by two more like-minded members, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, who voted to eliminate critical protections for women's health that the Court had previously upheld.
President Obama has the opportunity to nominate a fair-minded individual who, like Justice Stevens and the majority of Americans, supports the constitutional right to privacy as reflected in Roe. Let's send the president a strong message in support of a pro-choice nominee.
Thanks for getting involved.
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America