Pro-Choice Leaders Statement on Justice Anthony Kennedy Retirement

Washington, D.C. –  Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) released the following statement on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy:

“For decades, Roe v. Wade has protected women’s fundamental right to control our own bodies and make our own decisions.

“With Justice Kennedy’s retirement, that essential freedom hangs in the balance. President Trump, Vice President Pence and Leader McConnell want to exploit this vacancy to impose their extreme, anti-choice vision on women across America.  

“Make no mistake: they will use this as an opportunity to permanently erode our most cherished freedoms and civil rights. We cannot allow this to happen – the Senate must reject any and every nominee who refuses to respect the civil rights, privacy, and personal decisions of the American people.”