NEW YORK — Yesterday evening, President Trump announced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his U.S. Supreme Court nominee to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Scalia in February 2016. President Obama announced his nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, back in March. Senate Republicans refused to grant a hearing — an unprecedented act in U.S. history that has left the U.S. Supreme Court functioning with only eight justices for almost a year. National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) Interim Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow issued the following statement in response:
“NAPAWF opposes the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is tasked with the responsibility of hearing roughly 100 cases each year and granting decisions that have a profound impact on upholding our civil and constitutional rights. We demand the appointment of a judge that will hear these significant cases with integrity and fair-mindedness. Judge Gorsuch has a record of interfering with the rights of a person to make their own decisions for their bodies and their health. He ruled in favor of corporations seeking to deny contraception and reproductive care to their employees. We are not confident that Judge Gorsuch could be impartial in upholding the equal rights of all Americans and protecting the reproductive, economic and immigrant rights that should be afforded to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and other communities.
“The Supreme Court judge is a crucial appointment and should be made with the utmost transparency and fidelity. NAPAWF calls on the Senate not to confirm the nomination of Judge Gorsuch. By impeding former President Obama’s right to appoint a Supreme Court Justice, Senators unjustly solidified President Trump’s ability to impose his nominee — one that will shape the Supreme Court for decades. Senate leadership should not reinforce the undemocratic and unconscionable actions of their colleagues and instead confirm a nominee who will protect and uphold the rights and liberties that will carry this country forward.”
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing, and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for AAPI women and girls.