FALLOUT: Gardner Slammed for Casting The “Key Vote” To Confirm Trump’s Anti-ACA, Anti-Choice Supreme Court Pick

FALLOUT: Gardner Slammed for Casting The “Key Vote” To Confirm Trump’s Anti-ACA, Anti-Choice Supreme Court Pick

Gardner’s confirmation of Barrett puts protections for 2.4 million Coloradans with pre-existing conditions “in greater danger than ever”

Supreme Court to hear case to overturn the ACA two weeks from today

Denver, CO – After Senator Cory Gardner cast the “key vote” to confirm President Trump’s anti-Affordable Care Act and anti-choice Supreme Court nominee to a lifetime appointment, health care and reproductive rights organizations slammed Gardner for “prioritiz[ing] stacking the Supreme Court over providing relief to the thousands of Coloradans struggling in the midst of a still-raging pandemic” and continuing his crusade “to block access to affordable health care and overturn the right to safe, legal abortion.

With the Supreme Court slated to hear a case to overturn the ACA in just two weeks, Gardner’s confirmation of Barrett — who has openly criticized a previous decision upholding the health care law — puts Coloradans’ health care coverage and protections for people with pre-existing conditions “in greater danger than ever.” 

Yesterday, Gardner was called out by *Fox News* for lying about his own crusade to overturn the ACA. New video also showed Gardner denying that the Trump-backed lawsuit could overturn the ACA, which is exactly what it’s intended to accomplish.  

See what Coloradans had to say about Gardner’s continued crusade against reproductive freedoms and affordable health care:

NARAL Pro-Choice America: “Today, Senator Gardner betrayed the people of Colorado by rubber-stamping the sham confirmation of Amy Barrett to the Supreme Court. Not only did Cory Gardner vote to confirm Barrett mere days before Election Day, he chose to prioritize stacking the Supreme Court over providing relief to the thousands of Coloradans struggling in the midst of a still-raging pandemic. But thanks to NARAL’s more than 58,000 members across Colorado, come November 3rd, Cory Gardner will realize the colossal mistake he has made when he is ousted from the Senate once and for all.”  

Planned Parenthood Votes: “Cory Gardner has failed once again to represent the people of Colorado. This comes as no surprise, as he has consistently attempted to block access to affordable health care and overturn the right to safe, legal abortion. Voters are already sending in their ballots in record numbers to elect John Hickenlooper and guarantee Gardner loses his seat. Planned Parenthood Votes will help ensure that this is the last time he betrays Coloradans in office.” 

Protect Our Care: “A vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is a vote against Americans’ health care, and today, Senator Gardner and Republican Senators once again made their position clear. They voted to rip health care away from more than 20 million Americans and remove protections for 135 million people with pre-existing conditions — in the middle of this pandemic — and they did it even though millions of voters were already casting their ballots. This is a health care election, and Senator Gardner and Republican Senators will see the consequences of their decade-long war on health care at the ballot box.”

Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights Action Fund: “[Cory Gardner] just voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Access to healthcare, access to abortion, and elections are now on the line, it’s time to say #AdiosGardner.”

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault: “The new Justice holds extreme positions on health care and the Affordable Care Act, discrimination on the basis of race and sex, and reproductive health and rights. Although she was careful to say virtually nothing of consequence in her hearings, the fact is that she has a long record proving her views are out of the mainstream. I know her record, and I am frightened. She tilts the scales of justice against survivors of campus sexual assault, including men and boys…With Justice Barrett on the bench, we can expect even fewer protections for all men, women, non-binary, and trans people in schools — and beyond.”

No on 115: “Knowing that Justice Ginsburg, who dedicated her life to fighting for reproductive rights, has been replaced by someone who does not believe Roe v. Wade is worthy of respect and could be the deciding vote to overturn a woman’s constitutionally-guaranteed right to access abortion care, is nothing short of infuriating.”

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