Today, Governor Charlie Baker presented Judge Elspeth Cypher to the Governor’s Council for confirmation as his fourth nominee to fill the latest vacancy on the Supreme Judicial Court, the Commonwealth’s highest court. Governor Baker has declined to ensure that his nominees to the SJC will uphold the state constitutional right to abortion. In response, Rebecca Hart Holder, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, issued the following statement:
“Governor Baker has made it clear that he will not guarantee that his appointees to the Supreme Judicial Court will uphold settled legal precedent about abortion. This leaves Massachusetts residents with two options: sit by while the Trump administration systematically eliminates the right to abortion, or take the lead in fighting back.
“Judge Cypher is Governor Baker’s first nominee to the Supreme Judicial Court since President Trump took office. On the campaign trail, then-candidate Trump promised to appoint judges to the U.S. Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v. Wade. As president, Trump has already delivered on that promise with his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, placing the basic right to abortion is in serious jeopardy at the federal level. Now more than ever, we cannot allow the right to abortion to be compromised here in Massachusetts. Resisting the Trump administration’s dangerous, anti-woman, antichoice agenda hinges on Gov. Baker’s missing guarantee that the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts will uphold the right to choose for Massachusetts women.
“No person can fully participate in the social, economic and political life of the nation without the ability to decide when and whether to become a parent. Massachusetts women deserve a guarantee that each and every nominee to the highest court in the Commonwealth will uphold the state-level constitutional right to safe, legal abortion. NARAL Pro Choice Massachusetts will mobilize our membership to secure this guarantee, protect the constitutional right to abortion, and ensure that women can determine their families, their lives, and their destinies.”