As Republicans and Democrats battle over whether or not to fill the Supreme Court vacancy that opened up in the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, various organizations are working to gin up support or opposition to filling the vacancy.
Planned Parenthood announced that it is launching an ad campaign against filling the seat that will target several swing states, including Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
“An American icon. A champion of women’s rights. Donald Trump wants to replace her with another Supreme Court justice before the election, against her dying wish,” a narrator says in the ad.
The narration continues, “Threatening coverage for preexisting conditions and reproductive freedom, just like he said he would. We can’t let it happen. Not to her legacy. Not to her seat. Not to our health. Not now. Not ever.”
Finally, the ad implores viewers, “Take action. Vote.”
Watch the ad below:
However, Democrats have urged their Republican colleagues to hold off on confirming a nominee before the election, as IJR reported.
The Supreme Court currently has a 5-3 conservative majority. However, if Republicans confirm Trump’s nominee, it could alter the balance of the court for decades.
In a statement, Jenny Lawson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes, said, “This is the fight of our lives for tens of millions of people across the country. A week after the election, the Supreme Court is set to hear a case that could dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the biggest advance for sexual and reproductive health in a generation.”
“If Trump succeeds in filling this seat, his pick could be the deciding vote on civil rights, environmental protections, and access to health care, including abortion,” she continued.
Finally, she said, “If we are to protect Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy, our health, and our rights, we must kick Donald Trump out of office and take back the Senate. Planned Parenthood Votes and our supporters will not rest until we do.”
As of Tuesday evening, it appears that Senate Republicans have the votes to confirm Trump’s nominee.
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