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Gorsuch’s Confirmation Would Endanger Women’s Health

Physicians for Reproductive Health opposes the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ahead of the cloture vote in the Senate, Advocacy Fellow Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper issued the following statement:

“Judge Gorsuch’s record on reproductive health care is clear: he puts politics ahead of the health of American women. He has ruled in favor of allowing employers to interfere with employees’ private medical decisions about contraception, and he went out of his way to try to block patients in Utah from accessing health care at Planned Parenthood. With his alarming record, he cannot be trusted to uphold Roe v. Wade, the settled law of the land for 44 years, or respect medical evidence that shows the public health benefits of contraception and legal abortion.

It is outrageous that in 2017, patients have to worry about their ability to access a legal medical procedure, both now and in the future. Far too many people already encounter incredible difficulty accessing abortion care. We know that restrictions on abortion harm those who are already most vulnerable, including people of color, low-income families, and adolescents.

The Supreme Court must protect the health of all Americans, especially during a time when Congress is actively working to limit access to reproductive health care. President Trump promised his Supreme Court nominee would vote to overturn Roe, and Judge Gorsuch has not given any assurance that he would uphold Roe. His confirmation would be dangerous for women’s health. We continue to oppose Judge Gorsuch’s nomination and ask the Senate to vote no.” 

Gorsuch Is Not Fit to Serve on the Supreme Court

In response to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Board Chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health Dr. Willie Parker issued the following statement:

In the 44 years since the Roe v. Wade decision established a legal right to abortion, millions of women have benefited from access to abortion. Any prospective Supreme Court nominee must uphold this settled law about a woman’s ability to make her own reproductive health decisions.

President Trump has repeatedly promised that any judge he nominates will overturn Roe v. Wade, while for the last several years, states have been chipping away at Roe to create onerous burdens for patients trying to access safe and legal abortion care. The nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is a direct threat to the ability of women to choose their own reproductive destinies.

Judge Gorsuch has a record of undermining health care access for women. As one of the 10th Circuit Court judges who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, Judge Gorsuch ruled in favor of allowing employers to interfere with private medical decisions about contraception. Gorsuch also joined a dissent in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell arguing that making an employer fill out a form was more burdensome than violating an employee’s right to health insurance that meets all of her health care needs.

Placing politics over medicine has disastrous results for the health of Americans. We know that criminalizing abortion does not prevent abortion. The doctors who founded Physicians for Reproductive Health witnessed incredible suffering when abortion was illegal. Today, far too many women still face incredible difficulty in accessing legal abortion care. When abortion is restricted it is the patients who already face barriers to health care who are hurt even more.

Should Roe be overturned, women, especially women without resources, would once again be forced to take matters into their own hands. Doctors do not want to see that again. While very few issues are important enough to stand on their own, access to safe and legal abortion—a service vital to women’s health—is one of them.

Roe v. Wade must be upheld. Gorsuch is not fit to serve on the Supreme Court if he won’t support women’s constitutional rights to abortion. We urge the Senate to reject Judge Gorsuch. Women’s lives in this country depend on it. 

Trump budget damaging to public health

In response to the Trump administration’s proposed budget that would cut nearly $18 billion from the Department of Health and Human Services’ budget, including $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health, Consulting Medical Director Dr. Anne Davis at Physicians for Reproductive Health issued the following statement:

“At a time when the future of health care in our country is at risk, the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts key agencies responsible for improving our nation’s health. The National Institutes of Health is the backbone of the best medical research in the United States, and cutting their funding would have disastrous immediate and long-term effects on public health. President Trump’s proposed budget would disrupt medical progress that benefits all Americans.” 

CBO Report shows devastating impact of Affordable Care Act repeal on women’s health

In a report released by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, 24 million people would lose health insurance coverage by the year 2026 if the congressional ACA repeal bill were to be enacted. In response, Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper issued the following statement:

“Yesterday’s report from the Congressional Budget Office shows just how devastating repeal of the Affordable Care Act will be for women’s health. There are 12.9 million women of reproductive age insured by Medicaid who are in danger of losing their coverage if the ACA is repealed. Even one person losing coverage is too many—but this drastic number indicates that under the proposed ACA repeal bill, access to affordable health insurance will be eliminated for millions of families.

Many of our patients will not be able to afford essential preventive health care like cancer screenings and contraception. Patients who choose to go to Planned Parenthood for these important preventive services will be barred from using their own Medicaid coverage to obtain care. The ACA repeal plan would harm medically underserved communities who rely on the high-quality, low-cost care Planned Parenthood provides.

The ACA has been life-changing for our patients. The Medicaid expansion has helped millions of people get essential health care, and to take away this lifeline is reprehensible. We implore Congress to do better for our patients.”