July 01, 2018

Duckworth: New Supreme Court Pick Could Stop Women Like Me from Having Kids & End Pre-Existing Condition Protections


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – This morning, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy, how overturning Roe v. Wade could prevent women like her from using IVF treatments to have children, and the Trump Administration's continuing failure to reunite many of the immigrant children they have torn apart from their parents.

Video of the interview is available here.

Key Excerpts:


“Roe v. Wade is important to me. I would not be able to have both of my beautiful children and my newborn daughter without IVF. And their abolishment of Roe v. Wade could actually deny those of us who use IVF the ability to seek fertility treatments.”

“Justice Gorsuch told [Senator Collins] that he would respect precedent, and yet he has voted against precedent just this week with the Janus case. If anything, this president, this administration is all about overturning precedents … I think we should wait and let the American people have their say. Let’s get through the election. We’re just four months away, that’s not a long time. And then let’s take a look at these nominees.”

On Family Separation:

“You've got someone in the White House who has these policies which are horrendous, which he still hasn't fixed. Families are still separated. Children are still in cages. Nursing babies are still separated from their moms.”

“I don't think they even really know where all of these children are and who these children belong to. And, remember, some of these children are so young that they don’t even know their parents’ names. So, we could end up with kids who are separated from their parents for a very long time.”