Time and again throughout his career, Judge Neil Gorsuch has interpreted the law to narrow women’s reproductive rights and side with corporations over people, according to a powerful new report released today by the National Partnership for Women & Families. The in-depth look at the U.S. Supreme Court nominee’s record finds that, whether the issue was sex discrimination or worker safety, Judge Gorsuch regularly sided with corporations. He also has ruled to undermine the rights of immigrants and LGBTQ individuals, among others, and supported for-profit corporations’ right to deny their employees insurance coverage for birth control.
Those are among the reasons “The Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court: A Threat to Women, Workers and All Those Who Face Discrimination” concludes that confirmation of Gorsuch poses a clear threat to the rights and laws that protect women, workers and others who seek to vindicate their civil rights in court. Confirmation, it warns, could lead to an America in which corporations are allowed to excuse themselves from basic civil rights protections and safety measures; well-resourced employers are permitted to defeat a person’s right to present evidence of discrimination to a jury; any so-called religious objections shield corporations that have infringed upon people’s equal rights under the law; and women, once again, are denied autonomy over their own bodies and futures.
“Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation would be devastating for all who care about women’s health and rights and about stopping discrimination,” said National Partnership President Debra L. Ness. “His record on women’s reproductive rights is far out of the mainstream of legal thinking in this country. His rulings indicate that he would try to make the country less fair for women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals and all those who face bias. Put simply, Judge Gorsuch is wrong for the court and wrong for the country. Every senator who cares at all about women’s rights and about protecting those who face discrimination must reject this nominee.”
Among the findings in the new report:
“The evidence is overwhelming that Judge Gorsuch poses a threat to the rights and legal protections that are essential to fairness and equal opportunity in our country,” added Judith L. Lichtman, senior advisor at the National Partnership. “By nominating Judge Gorsuch, President Trump delivered on his promise to appoint a justice who is fundamentally hostile to reproductive rights. His confirmation would be a tremendous setback for our country. The Senate must vote ‘no’ on this nominee.”
The full report, “The Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court: A Threat to Women, Workers and All Those Who Face Discrimination” is available here.
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.