Greenpeace USA Joins Coalition of Environmental Groups Calling for Supreme Court Expansion

by Rocio Estrada Snowdy

May 10, 2022

This week, we saw a draft decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade and tear down a long-held right for women and reads as an open invitation for future attacks on our rights.

Protests are held around the country against a new wave of extreme bans on abortion, stripping away reproductive freedom and representing an all-out assault on abortion access. One of the rallies is held on the steps of the Supreme Court.

© Tim Aubry / Greenpeace

WASHINGTON, DC— Greenpeace USA is among a coalition of leading environmental groups that have called on Congress to support the addition of four seats to restore balance to the Supreme Court.  The announcement comes on the heels of leaked draft reports that the Republican supermajority on the Court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

Greenpeace USA’s Co-Executive Director, Ebony Twilley Martin, said: “The Supreme Court is no longer serving the interests of Americans. Our very democracy is under threat from a small, partisan group of  judges put in power by extremists. This week, we saw a draft decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade and tear down a long-held right for women and reads as an open invitation for future attacks on our rights. The poor and people of color are most at risk, but this court has shown a willingness to fly in the face of all Americans’ needs. It is time for Congress to expand the Supreme Court to protect our rights, our health, and our communities.”

The coalition includes: Greenpeace USA, Earth Ethics, Inc., Clean Energy Action, Empower our Future, Center for Biological Diversity, Women’s Earth, and Climate Action Network. 

In a joint coalition statement first reported on in The Hill, they said: “The Supreme Court has been hijacked by far-right partisan interests and, unless it is reformed, all of our rights are at risk. Expanding the Court to restore balance must be part of the response. We need leaders in the House and Senate to co-sponsor The Judiciary Act to add four seats and protect our rights.”

 ENDS

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Rocio Estrada Snowdy, Senior Communications Specialist, Greenpeace USA, 301-592-7700, [email protected]

Rocio Estrada Snowdy

By Rocio Estrada Snowdy

Rocio Estrada Snowdy is a bilingual Senior Communications Specialist for Greenpeace and works on the Democracy campaign.

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