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Friday, June 15, 2018

#NextNominee petitions President Trump to nominate a pro-life woman for the next Supreme Court vacancy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Young adult anti-abortion advocates organized by Secular Pro-Life have launched #NextNominee, a campaign to fill the next Supreme Court vacancy with a pro-life woman. The centerpiece of the campaign is a petition hosted at petitions.whitehouse.gov, a federal website that allows concerned citizens to voice their concerns directly to White House officials. If the petition receives at least 100,000 signatures in the next 30 days, the Trump administration will respond.

Link to petition: petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/nominate-pro-life-woman-next-supreme-court-vacancy 
Link to #NextNominee website: NextNominee.com 

Although approximately half of American women oppose abortion, no pro-life woman has ever served on the nation’s highest court. Current Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, and former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, have all been consistent votes in favor of the abortion industry.

“Supreme Court opinions claim women ‘rely’ on abortion to succeed in the workplace, which is insulting. My success does not depend on anyone's death,” said Secular Pro-Life president Kelsey Hazzard, who is also an attorney.

The majority of American women support common-sense abortion limits. According to a December 2017 poll by Marist University, 62% of American women support a ban on abortions after 20 weeks (5 months) of pregnancy—an issue that is likely to be heard by the Supreme Court. The survey also found that 51% of American women either want abortion to be illegal in all cases, or legal only in cases of rape, incest, and to save the mother’s life; that 60% oppose the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions; and that 52% believe abortion does more harm than good.

“Discrimination starts in the womb,” said Beth Fox, a #NextNominee spokeswoman who has a rare genetic condition called Myotonic Dystrophy. “My entire life people have used the name of choice to justify their belief I never should have been born. I, like many others, am fed up with it. We need a female pro-life Justice who will stand for equal rights for all.”

“The pro-life female voice needs to be heard in this country, and what better way than to start from the top!” added #NextNominee spokeswoman Gina Mallica. “Pro-abortion does not equal pro-woman."

There are currently no vacant seats on the Supreme Court. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the “swing” vote responsible for many 5-4 decisions in favor of abortion, has been the subject of retirement rumors for years. He is 81 years old. Justice Ginsburg, age 85, is the oldest Justice on the Court. The third oldest, 79-year-old Steven Breyer, is also pro-abortion.

President Trump has pledged to nominate anti-abortion Justices to the Court and has publicly released his short list of potential nominees. There are six women on the short list: Hon. Amy C. Barrett of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; Hon. Allison Eid of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, in the position previously occupied by Justice Gorsuch; Hon. Britt Grant of the Supreme Court of Georgia, whose nomination to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals is currently pending; Hon. Joan Larsen of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; Hon. Margaret Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; and Hon. Diane Sykes of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Full Text of Petition

Four women have served on the Supreme Court, and all four have consistently ruled in favor of the abortion industry. They have even endorsed the misogynistic notions that women rely on abortion for professional success and that women cannot “enjoy equal citizenship stature” without abortion.

The majority of American women support common-sense abortion limits, and we deserve judicial representation. A pro-life woman on our nation’s highest court will be a living rebuke to those who falsely equate abortion with women’s empowerment.

We therefore call upon President Trump to nominate a pro-life woman to the Supreme Court at his earliest opportunity.

About the Organizers

The #NextNominee campaign is coordinated by Secular Pro-Life, an organization that unites people of every faith and no faith to promote the right to life. It is also endorsed by Pro-Life San Francisco, a non-partisan, non-sectarian group of pro-life Millennials connecting families with resources and resisting the abortion lobby in the Bay area, and New Wave Feminists, an anti-abortion feminist organization that believes all humans should be free from violence for the duration of their lifetime.

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