Posted for Meagan Gallagher, the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
I recently came across posts questioning Senator Leahy's commitment to women's health, but you have gotten it dead wrong. The reproductive health community is not pitted against Sen. Leahy–we stand together in support of access to quality, affordable health care for women. As Chairman of the Judiciary committee, Sen. Leahy championed the successful passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act in 2013, repeatedly voted to protect access to women's health programs domestically and internationally and has led efforts to address vacancies on the federal bench.
We applaud his work to confirm fair-minded judges who are prepared to respond to the unconstitutional attempts to restrict women's access to health care, especially as a record breaking number of abortion restrictions pass in state legislatures.
Sen. Leahy has his work cut out for him. The judicial confirmation process is difficult in a good year; last year, some Senators engaged in such extreme obstructionism that they forced a rules change to allow even non-controversial judges to be confirmed. This change, supported by Senator Leahy, allowed for the confirmation of Nina Pillard, who supports access to safe legal abortion, to the DC Circuit Court of appeals.
Of course, we may disagree with particular nominees. But there is no doubt that Sen. Leahy has stood strong with the women of Vermont, and we are proud to stand with him.
President & CEO
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England