Ryan complained “in the last few years we’ve seen an unparalleled unraveling of reproductive rights, voting rights, and workers’ rights alongside a grotesque influx of dark money into our political system thanks to the Supreme Court,” adding if Trump “is able to install another ultra-conservative ideologue to the court, we can only expect it to get worse.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who voted against Gorsuch’s nomination, said he was “already very troubled by the actions of the Supreme Court in just the last few weeks – taking away workers’ rights, voters’ rights and women’s rights.”
“I hope the president will take this opportunity to bring Americans together by appointing someone with a well-respected record that all sides can support.”
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said he was “grateful” for Kennedy’s years on the court, adding the “president and Congress must now work together to do the important work of putting a highly qualified person in place who understands this role.”
The new nomination is likely to provoke an intense confirmation battle because Kennedy was the fifth vote on preserving a woman’s right to choose an abortion as guaranteed by the 1973 court ruling, Roe v. Wade.
Mike Gonidakis, president of the Ohio Right to Life, said “moments like these are why pro-life Americans elected President Donald Trump. He has the historic opportunity to add a justice who will serve as the fifth pro-life vote on the court. Ohio Right to Life’s goal has always been to overturn Roe v. Wade and to see the end of abortion.”
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said “with this new Supreme Court vacancy, Roe and the constitutional right to access abortion hangs in the balance.”