Today, President Joe Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill Justice Breyer’s vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Board Member of Physicians for Reproductive Health and ob/gyn in Alabama Dr. Yashica Robinson responds:
“We are thrilled at the prospect of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson joining the Supreme Court bench as the sixth woman and first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. For too long, extremely qualified Black women have been overlooked for our nation’s highest court. Judge Jackson is highly experienced and brings to the Court eight years of expert leadership on the United States District Court protecting reproductive rights, immigrant rights, workers’ rights, democracy, and accomplished notable work as a public defender prior to becoming a judge. We are thrilled Judge Jackson will bring this legacy with her to the Supreme Court, currently in dire need of a Justice who understands first-hand how the Supreme Court’s decisions impact every aspect of our lives. As a Black woman, she will bring her lived experiences and understanding of how critical and lifesaving it is to have equal justice under the law for all.
“We know our court systems will never be able to solve all of our problems, but at this moment when the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, and gut the entire legal framework of abortion access, it is more important than ever that the Court represent the makeup of those most impacted by attacks on reproductive health care and other fundamental rights. We demand the Senate confirm Judge Jackson with expediency and respect and look forward to her tenure on the Court.”