Washington, DC — Today, Democratic members of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary announced a hearing on the need to restore confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ethical standards. The Committee also called on Chief Justice John Roberts to investigate Associate Justice Clarence Thomas’ ethical misconduct, as revealed by the bombshell ProPublica report.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju released the following statement in response:
“The only way to restore trust in our nation’s highest court is to expose the corruption that’s been at its heart for too long and enact meaningful reforms to prevent it from ever happening again. We are grateful to Senator Durbin and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee for announcing a hearing on Supreme Court ethics and urging investigations into Justice Thomas’ reported serious ethical misconduct. Whether it’s taking millions of dollars’ worth of luxury vacations on a billionaire donor’s dime or leaking opinions to anti-choice activists, it’s clear this Court cannot be fair and impartial. With a case threatening to block FDA approval of a safe and effective medication used for abortion care and miscarriage management on track to move to the Supreme Court, we need action now more than ever.”
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for everybody. NARAL is powered by its 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.