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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39)

October 9, 2020

Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) joined 116 members of the House of Representatives to stand up for reproductive rights and the Affordable Care Act amid the Supreme Court nomination. The House members sent a letter to Senate leaders urging them to delay confirming any Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until after the next president is sworn into office. 

“Instead of focusing on passing coronavirus relief, Sen. Mitch McConnell is pulling out all the stops to pass a Supreme Court Justice. We’re already in the middle of an election, and the Senate should wait to vote on a new Justice until after Inauguration Day,” said Rep. Cisneros. “I’m deeply troubled by Judge Barrett’s position to overturn Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act. Reproductive rights and healthcare are on the line, and we cannot afford to go backwards. We should be protecting those with pre-existing conditions and a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions.”

In the letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Judiciary Ranking Member Diane Feinstein (D-CA), the lawmakers noted Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s desire to strike down rights for all Americans, including reproductive freedoms and affordable healthcare. 

“Judge Barrett’s record shows she is a clear and present threat to Roe and reproductive freedom,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. “She has suggested that Roe is an ‘erroneous decision,’ stated that life begins at conception, sided with states trying to restrict abortion access, and joined anti-choice groups in voicing opposition to the Affordable Care Act’s coverage of contraception. Should she be confirmed, Judge Barrett would radically endanger our fundamental rights for decades to come.”