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Planned Parenthood Keystone

February 1, 2017

Contact: Sara Vigneri, svigneri@planitpa.org; 484.550.6893

 

Planned Parenthood Keystone Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch: Opposition to Roe v. Wade is a Disqualifier

 

ALLENTOWN - On Tuesday, President Trump announced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States:

 

Statement from Melissa Reed, CEO, Planned Parenthood Keystone

 

“We have a message for Senator Pat Toomey on Judge Gorsuch: opposing Roe v Wade is a disqualifier. The right to safe and legal abortion has been the law of the land for more than 40 years. Nominees to the highest court in the land must make clear that they will protect our fundamental rights -- including the right of a woman to control her body. It has become crystal clear that the courts are going to be the last - and sometimes only - line of defense against dangerous and unconstitutional attacks on basic rights. At risk is a woman’s right to control her own body and access health care, the right to vote, and the right of all people in this country to be free from discrimination based on who they love, where they come from, their race, and their religious beliefs. President Trump’s nominee, Neil Gorsuch, has an alarming history of interfering with reproductive rights and health. Planned Parenthood Keystone calls on Senator Toomey and every United States Senator to uphold a fundamental standard: if you oppose Roe v Wade and women’s access to basic health care, you are not qualified to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States.”

 

Earlier on Tuesday, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards sent Senate leaders McConnell and Schumer a letter making clear that it is unacceptable to appoint any justice to the highest court in the land who will attack a woman’s right to reproductive freedom.

Americans overwhelmingly support keeping abortion safe and legal, which has been the law of the land for more than 40 years.

 

Background:

 

Support for access to safe, legal abortion is at a record high -- nearly 70 percent of Americans don’t want to see Roe v. Wade overturned, the highest rate since the case was decided more than 40 years ago -- and that includes people who voted for President Trump.

 

Contrary to stereotypes, Latinos in this country are also very supportive of access to reproductive health care, including safe, legal abortion. According to a poll commissioned by the National Latina Institute of Reproductive Health, 67 percent of Latino/a voters do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned, and 82 percent agree with women making their own decision on the issue without political interference.

 


 

 

Planned Parenthood Keystone

January 9, 2017

Contact: Sara Vigneri, [email protected]; 484.550.6893

 

Advocacy event aims to train future activists and politicians

 

ALLENTOWN, PA--In the aftermath of a very divisive election, frustrated citizens are turning to activism to assert a feeling of empowerment. To help ease Pennsylvanians into the advocacy fold, Representative Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh County) will present a "How We Fight Back" event to give activists and would-be activists the chance to learn more about activism and the political process.

 

The event will take place post-inauguration and will provide attendees with issue briefs covering the environment, labor, gun control and civil rights as well as three panel discussions to address immigration, gender and sexual orientation, race and religion.

 

There will also be over twenty non-profit and activists organizations in attendance, including Renew Lehigh Valley, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center and Planned Parenthood, and attendees will have the chance to sign up with a cause that they care about. Interested in running for office? A candidate training session will also be on offer. The keynote speaker will be Senator Robert Casey, a champion for working families.

 

EVENT: How We Fight Back: Shaping your community, even in the age of Trump WHEN: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:30am–2:30pm

WHERE: Muhlenberg College, Seegers Union 2400 W. Chew Street, Allentown

 

Click here to purchase tickets

 

About Planned Parenthood Keystone

Planned Parenthood Keystone (PPKey) serves 37 counties in Pennsylvania, home to over half of Pennsylvania residents. We have administrative offices in the Lehigh Valley, Harrisburg, Warminster, and York. We operate 12 medical centers that serve nearly 40,000 patients annually and offer comprehensive sexuality education that reaches thousands of young adults.

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