Kennedy’s Retirement Puts Reproductive Freedom in Extreme Jeopardy

June 27, 2018
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The following is a statement from National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) Action Fund President Andrea Miller

“Justice Kennedy’s announcement today that he is retiring is alarming and opens up the possibility for President Trump to completely reshape the balance of the U.S. Supreme Court. The stakes are incredibly high, and the threat of a narrow-minded misogynist ascending to our nation’s highest Court is real.

“After a term in which the Court trampled on the rights of women, people of color, working people, immigrants and refugees, and LGBTQ people, it is clearer than ever that every seat on the Court matters.

“President Trump has promised to only appoint justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade. If he succeeds, Justice Kennedy’s retirement means there will no longer be enough votes on the Court to protect the constitutional right to abortion.

“NIRH calls on the White House to tear up its shortlist of anti-choice potential nominees. We also call on the Senate to refuse to confirm anyone but a jurist who will value women’s health and equality and affirm that the Constitution and the rule of law protect us all, not just the wealthy and the powerful. It is incumbent upon everyone who can exercise their right to vote to do so in this fall’s midterm elections. The rights and freedoms of all people hang in the balance.”


The NIRH Action Fund conducts nonpartisan advocacy and electoral engagement to advance reproductive freedom in states and cities across the country.