Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

Pres. Trump fulfills promise to pro-life voters


DATE: Friday, April 7, 2017     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court, 54-45 with bipartisan support. Judge Gorsuch has written numerous opinions demonstrating a strong record of protecting life and religious liberty, topics which received repeated questioning during confirmation hearings. Following his nomination, the abortion lobby and other activist groups urged Senate Democrats to block Gorsuch’s confirmation using the filibuster. Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to change the procedural rules and break the Democrats’ attempted filibuster.

“Ohio Right to Life roundly applauds the pro-life leadership in the U.S. Senate for approving Judge Neil Gorsuch, and overriding the pro-abortion filibuster that threatened to delay the appointment of a pro-life Justice,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “Since our founding, the protection of the United States Supreme Court has been of the utmost importance to Ohio Right to Life and the national pro-life movement. The Senate’s united and decisive action is exactly what we need to protect the rights of the human person from judicial overreach that favors a money-hungry abortion industry.”

During the November 2016 Election, one in five voters named the Supreme Court as their number-one issue. These voters overwhelmingly supported Trump, 57 to 40 percent. Throughout his campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to nominate only pro-life judges to the Supreme Court.

“In January, President Trump fulfilled his promise to pro-life voters, and today, the U.S. Senate made good on it,” said Gonidakis. “Elections have consequences, and when it comes to pro-life issues, those consequences can be life or death. In 1973, seven men in black robes fabricated an arbitrary ‘right’ to kill a human child. Abortion has haunted the Supreme Court ever since. To this day, protecting the Supreme Court remains a top priority for Ohio Right to Life as we continue to advance groundbreaking legislation that chips away at this horrific decision.” 

Gorsuch’s record:

  • Gorsuch wrote a book called “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.” He argues in the book that “human life is fundamentally and inherently valuable” and that “the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.”
  • Gorsuch ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby in holding that Obamacare’s abortifacient mandate violates the religious beliefs of closely-held corporations.
  • Gorsuch also ruled in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor, defending the rights of nuns not to be forced to pay for abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans.
  • Gorsuch forcefully dissented from a case in which the Tenth Circuit sided with Planned Parenthood and refused to allow the Governor of Utah to de-fund the abortion business in wake of videos showing its involvement in the selling of baby body parts.


Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death. 



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