For Immediate Release
September 25, 2020
EMILY's List Statement on Reports of Amy Coney Barrett Nomination
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to reports of President Trump’s anticipated nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock released the following statement:
“President Trump and his Republican allies have made clear that they want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, and strike down the Affordable Care Act and many crucial civil rights. By nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett, they will move one step closer to meeting those goals, and one step further away from voters, who support reproductive freedom, access to health care, and protecting our rights. Barrett has staked out extreme positions on these issues that would put all of these things at risk.
Despite the fact that a majority of Americans believe that the next president should fill this vacancy, Donald Trump and the Senate Republicans have decided to ignore the voice and the will of the people and move forward at breakneck speed with an extreme nominee to a lifetime appointment. The Senate should reject this nomination. Voters will remember who stood with them, in support of reproductive freedom, health care protections for millions, voting rights, LGBTQ+ rights, civil rights, and more, and who stood with Trump and his new nominee against them.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILYs List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 55,000 women have reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state and national offices.