NYCF Denounces Senator Schumer’s Dangerous Rhetoric

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo (previously known as June Medical Services v. Gee), a constitutional challenge to a Louisiana statute that requires abortion practitioners to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic in which they perform abortions. In addition, a pro-abortion rally was held outside the Supreme Court building. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) appeared at that rally and said the following: “Over the last three years, women’s reproductive rights have come under attack in a way we haven’t seen in modern history… Republican legislatures are waging a war on women—all women—and they’re taking away fundamental rights. I want to tell you, Gorsuch! I want to tell you, Kavanaugh! You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price! You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), responded with the following:

“Everything about Sen. Schumer’s remarks at yesterday’s rally was wrong. His extremist policy position—abortion for any reason at any stage of pregnancy—is wrong. His assertion that the United States Constitution bars the State of Louisiana from requiring abortion practitioners to have hospital admitting privileges is wrong. His clumsy attempt at using a biblical phrase (Hosea 8:7a: “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind”) is wrong. And his use of threats and intimidation tactics against Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States is dangerous, divisive, disturbing, and totally unbecoming of a senior elected official. The Senator’s half-hearted half-apology for his comments was—to say the least—unconvincing.”

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“New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms denounces Sen. Schumer’s comments and calls upon him to reverse course. In a nation that respects the rule of law, it is intolerable to threaten judges. In a nation that was founded upon the basic principle of respect for human life, it is unacceptable to deprive unborn members of the human family of basic human rights.”

Please e-mail Sen. Schumer today and tell him that his comments at the March 4 rally were unacceptable.