After President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards applauded the president’s choice and urged the Senate to approve him.
“Judge Garland is an intelligent, highly accomplished judge who has secured bipartisan support in his previous appointments,” Richards said in a statement. “Now that the President has upheld his constitutional duty, it is time for the Senate to uphold theirs. The American people deserve a full court and a justice appointed by the President they elected for four years — not three. It is time for the Senate to do their job and give Judge Garland a fair hearing and up or down vote.”
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) March 16, 2016
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) March 16, 2016
According to USA Today, “during 19 years at the D.C. Circuit, Garland has managed to keep a low profile” and “the court’s largely administrative docket has left him without known positions on issues such as abortion or the death penalty.”
Following the president’s remarks in the Rose Garden announcing Merrick’s appointment, two journalists reported seeing Richards at the White House.
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) March 16, 2016
I spotted Cecile Richards heading into the White House while I was heading out
— Tierney Sneed (@Tierney_Megan) March 16, 2016
Planned Parenthood did not immediately return TheBlaze’s request for comment regarding the nature of Richards’ visit to the White House.
Although it did not name Richards, the president’s schedule indicated that he would be making remarks at “a reception for Women’s History Month” Wednesday afternoon.
Pro-life groups, including the Susan B. Anthony List, have urged the Senate not to approve Obama’s nominee.
“This changes nothing,” SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement. “We do not know this nominee but we do know Barack Obama. Anyone he nominates will join the voting bloc on the Court that consistently upholds abortion on-demand. The President should not be permitted one last opportunity to stack the Court with pro-abortion Justices.”
“Appointing Justices to the Supreme Court is a shared responsibility between the President and Senate,” Dannenfelser added. “We thank Leader McConnell and Senator Grassley for standing firm in their resolution to hold the confirmation process until we have a new president. Susan B. Anthony List is immediately mobilizing our pro-life grassroots across the country to stand strong with them. The next Supreme Court pick belongs to the President elected by the people in November.”