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Trust Women reacts to U.S. Supreme Court nominee

Jan. 13, 2017

For immediate release

Contact: Deb Gruver, Director of Communications

Office: 316-425-3215 Mobile: 316-992-9685

Wichita, Kansas – The majority of Americans agree that access to abortion care should remain a legal, protected right. In light of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, Trust Women Foundation urges Congress to defeat his nomination.

“Access to abortion, as protected by Roe v. Wade, has vastly improved the quality of life for many citizens,” said Julie A. Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women. “Reproductive rights are human rights. Reproductive rights are a matter of justice. In 1973, when Roe was passed, it allowed women to control their own fertility, thus improving health and socioeconomic outcomes across the country – for both women and the children that they went on to raise.”

Pew Research Center survey recently found nearly seven in 10 Americans oppose overturning Roe. Lawmakers should put aside their own viewpoints and represent their constituents, the majority of whom support a woman’s right to choose if and when to become a mother.

“By allowing people to determine what is best for their lives, we are acknowledging that there are gray areas where our own personal opinions may not be suited. Entrusting people with complex decision-making is to say to people that their lives matter and that their decisions are valued,” Burkhart said. “Do we want our society to base a woman’s worth on her pregnancy status?”

President Trump has said that women might simply have to travel to another state for an abortion if Roe is overturned. As Trust Women knows firsthand, women already travel great distances – at additional financial and personal cost – to access abortion care.

“No judge, no legislature and no governor should be able to dictate what is in a woman’s heart and whether she becomes a mother or not,” Burkhart said. “When we begin to honor the power that women have in regard to each and every pregnancy, we will then see healthier families and communities.”

Trust Women Foundation is a 501(c)(3). Trust Women opens clinics that provide abortion care in underserved communities so that all women can make their own decisions about their health care. Trust Women opened Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2013 in Wichita, Kansas, and Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2016 in Oklahoma City.