This week, the folks in D.C. have decided to change the system in order to vote into the Supreme Court a man who poses a very real threat to a woman’s right to choose.
Some will argue that, during his confirmation hearing, Judge Gorsuch stated that he “accept[s] the law of the land” in regards to Roe v. Wade, and even that he would have “walked out the door” if the president asked him to repeal Roe v. Wade. But I’m not sure I can believe that, seeing as how he also has said, “The intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.”
Couple that with a president who was determined to nominate a judge who would overturn Roe and who has said that women who get and/or doctors who perform abortions should be punished, and I firmly believe we have a recipe for disaster when it comes to women’s reproductive rights.
Of course, Gorsuch and many other conservatives aren’t just a danger to Roe and the pro-choice movement. Access to safe and affordable healthcare for women across the nation is in jeopardy thanks to attacks on Planned Parenthood over, among other things, doctored videos. Our right to start a family without it being thrown in our face at a job interview is at stake.
Unfortunately, this isn’t just a four or eight-year thing. This isn’t something we can just deal with for a little bit and then vote in someone new. That’s not how Supreme Court nominations work. That’s why people are fighting so hard against it, and others are willing to go “nuclear” in favor of him. So much is at stake for both sides of the political fence.
In my advocacy efforts, I was in touch with the National Abortion Federation to share Barar story web in a letter-writing campaign against Judge Gorsuch’s appointment. I know, in the end, it didn’t make a difference, but I had to try. I had to do something.
Because up in Washington, it seems like no one is doing anything but picking at each other like a bunch of school kids. “Well you did it first, so now we’re going to, so there!” You see it in the news. You read it in comments on articles, Facebook posts, everywhere. Two wrongs apparently do make a right now, despite what our parents once told us.