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Senate GOPers’ Call with Anti-Choice Activists Underscores Importance of SCOTUS Fight

In case you’d forgotten that the Senate is still refusing to do its job and consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, here’s a lolsob-worthy video reminder. And if you need a reminder of how important the next Justice is — and therefore how important the outcome of the presidential election is — let Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, himself remind you. 

Earlier this week he and a couple other Republican lawmakers joined a conference call hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List to assure anti-choice activists that they would continue to block Obama’s nominee. Right Wing Watch reports:

Grassley told the activists that when someone asked him for an update on the nomination last week, he said that “an update would suggest that something has changed” and that he still intends to block any nominee until the next president takes office.

He said that preventing “another liberal” from joining the Supreme Court was necessary to keep “even the reasonable restrictions on abortion that have been enacted into law through the democratic process” from being “swept away.”

Those so-called “reasonable” restrictions are already leaving many people, particularly low-income women of color in the South, without meaningful access to abortion and driving a boom of Google search inquires into such questions as “how to buy abortion pills online” and “how to do a coat hanger abortion.” Grassley went on to say, “These are life-and-death issues that we’re fighting for. They show just how important this fight over who’s going to fill Scalia’s seat is.” Couldn’t agree more.

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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