A statement from If/When/How Executive Director Jill E. Adams. J.D.
“We are still mourning the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose trailblazing work shored up our constitutional pillars of equality, liberty, and dignity. We are also grieving the loss of over 200,000 people in this country to the novel coronavirus — a bereavement disproportionately carried by Black, Indigenous, and people of color — amid the ongoing uprisings against racist police violence.
Our country needs the next Supreme Court justice to guard against further incursions on our freedoms. Amy Coney Barrett is not that justice. Instead, she champions an agenda that would unravel a host of hard-won civil rights, including reproductive rights, voting rights, immigrants’ rights, and healthcare access. Justice Ginsburg was a creator of new paths and a builder of bridges — especially for women and women in the legal profession; Amy Coney Barrett’s regressive view of the law would obscure those paths and destabilize those bridges.
If Amy Coney Barrett is appointed to the Court, the resulting anti-abortion majority could seize the next abortion rights case as the chance they’ve been waiting for — and which Chief Justice John Roberts signaled in his June Medical concurrence — to overturn Roe v. Wade or obliterate its protections, allowing states to restrict the right to abortion however they choose.
A Barrett confirmation would make the threat of criminalization for providing or having an abortion more imminent than it has been for decades, a threat that disproportionately puts Black, Indigenous, and people of color at risk. Defending people from the terrors of policing and prosecution for their reproductive decisions is at the heart of the work we do at If/When/How, and we are connecting closely with movement allies and organizers opposing Barrett’s confirmation. We encourage the If/When/How community to stay tuned to our social media channels for action items and next steps.”
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