September 18, 2020 (PORTLAND, ORE.) – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a tireless champion for civil rights, reproductive freedom, and social justice, died today after serving 27 years on the Supreme Court. On behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon’s board of directors, staff, and thousands of active members across the state, Executive Director Christel Allen released the following statement:
“The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is devastating. Tonight, we are mourning the loss of one of the most influential leaders for advancing reproductive freedom, gender equality, and social justice in our nation’s history.
The threat of a 6-member conservative majority on the Supreme Court governing our courts and bodies—for decades—is now real. Just hours after the news of Justice Bader Ginsburg’s passing, Senator Mitch McConnell announced his plans to have the Senate vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon promises to do everything within our power to ensure that Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish—to see her replacement confirmed after November’s election—is fulfilled. With the collective power of the seven in 10 Americans who support Roe v. Wade, we will organize to win this November so that we can honor Justice Ginsburg’s legacy by confirming a Supreme Court Justice who will unequivocally uphold an individual’s right to choose if, when, and how they would like to raise a family.
Today we grieve. Tomorrow we will rise. And we know that thousands of Oregonians are ready to join us in mobilizing voters in key battleground states and for critical state and local races.”
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NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon develops and sustains a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every person who can become pregnant the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.