February 7, 2017
By NYC Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo
New York, NY – ”When it comes to women’s reproductive rights, all women should have equal access to reproductive resources. The nomination of Neil Gorsuch places women’s reproductive resources in great jeopardy.
In his past rulings, Judge Gorsuch has demonstrated strong support for the religious employers in court cases such as Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor who opposed the federal mandate within the Affordable Care Act to provide or include contraceptives such as birth control and Plan B within their employee health. Gorsuch’s inability to recognize the necessity for women to have access to contraceptives makes him unqualified to sit on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch’s main focus is to blur the lines of the church and state in order to ensure that employers provide fixed health plans based on their religious beliefs and preferences at the expense of a woman’s right to choose. The Supreme Court serves as the judicial branch, which conducts judicial review; however the purpose of its function to “check and balance” is inadequate if judges use the basis of religion to rule on cases.
Maintaining religious liberty is the foundation of the U.S. The religious beliefs that coexist within our executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government has no jurisdiction in women’s reproductive rights.”
*** New York City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo represents the 35th District, which covers Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Fort Greene and Prospect Heights. She serves as Chair of the Committee on Women’s Issues.