Women’s March Calls On Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer To Retire

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Women’s March Executive Director Rachel O’Leary Carmona released the following statement calling on Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire before the midterm elections in 2022: 

“The time has come for Justice Breyer to retire and pass on the mantle of protecting women’s rights. The stakes are too high to wait a moment more. The longer Breyer stays on the Court, the more he risks leaving everything we care about in the hands of Mitch McConnell.” 

“In his 27 years on the Court, Justice Breyer has built a legacy of securing and defending women’s rights by enforcing equal justice under the law. Now, Justice Breyer can cement that legacy by stepping down and allowing President Biden to appoint the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. We cannot risk losing the progress that he has helped achieve.”

“As we have seen time and time again, Mitch McConnell will stop at nothing to stack the Court with conservative justices. If Justice Breyer delays his retirement, he’s inviting McConnell to replace him with the same unprecedented, hyper-partisan tactics he used to put Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett on the bench for life. The result would be a 7-2 conservative majority able to freely strip away abortion rights, birth control access, and protections against discrimination. And that’s not to mention voting rights, LGBTQ+ equality, and racial justice.”

“Justice Breyer must retire now in order to ensure that President Biden’s nominee can be confirmed. The rights and health of women across the country depend on it.” 

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