NEWARK, NJ - State Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin said it was important to support local women’s health organizations at a state level should President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justice nominee be approved.
The assemblywoman joined state Sen. Teresa Ruiz, congressional leaders and women's rights groups yesterday at the steps of the Essex County Courthouse to denounce Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the nation’s highest court.
“We really have to try our best to support the local organizations...and really make sure that we try to reserve some of the funding that's necessary for them to continue their work,” Marin told TAPinto Newark at the press conference yesterday.
Kavanaugh was nominated to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring. While Kavanaugh hasn’t taken a clear position on the abortion ruling in Roe V. Wade, he reportedly dissented on a ruling involving an undocumented teenage immigrant obtaining an abortion.
Lawmakers yesterday were joined by organizations including Planned Parenthood and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The organizations raised concerns about Kavanaugh’s nomination, which could lead to more conservative-leaning decisions in the Supreme Court.
Ruiz, who represents parts of Newark in the state Senate, said Kavanaugh’s conservative decisions throughout his career are clear enough and, for her, show that he’s not a supporter of women.
“I am raising a soon-to-be 2-year-old and I don't want her to be condemned in the United States of America,” Ruiz said while standing at the courthouse steps. “I want her to have the opportunity to express herself, to love who she wants to love, to be free, to have equal rights and to determine (for) her own self what she chooses to do with her own body."
U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker came out in denouncing Trump’s pick too. Booker -- who some consider may challenge Trump in the next presidential election -- said Kavanaugh could possibly give the president "potential immunity against his potential wrongdoings."
“Kavanaugh is someone who will tip the balance of the Supreme Court and bring us to a point in American history where we're not going forward,” Booker said.
At the state level, New Jersey has moved to restore funding to family planning services, Marin said. One of Gov. Phil Murphy's first bills he signed restored $7.5 million in funding for women's health care that was rejected by the former governor.
Murphy also signed a bill that expanded Medicaid eligibility to women for family planning services.