As US Senate hearings began this morning in Washington DC, NC Values Coalition is among 60 pro-life groups who sent a letter Senators calling for the swift confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The letter was spearheaded by Susan B. Anthony List and signed by members of the Pro-life Court Coalition which has, for weeks, rallied grassroots online and on the ground in support of Judge Gorsuch. In addition to an online petition campaign, the coalition has focused its efforts on Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2018 states by holding rallies and press conferences in Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, North Dakota, Montana, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

The letter sent to Senators today reads, in part, “Judge Gorsuch is widely recognized as a jurist possessed of deep intelligence and true fairmindedness. In 2006 the US Senate recognized these qualities, confirming Gorsuch without dissent to his current position on the 10th Circuit. After a decade of constitutionally sound and clearly written rulings and opinions, Judge Gorouch deserves once again the swift approval of the Senate.”  The letter cites Judge Gorsuch’s opinions in the Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor cases, as well as his dissent in a case where a 10th Circuit panel sided with Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider. The letter also notes Gorsuch’s book, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, where he states that “human life is fundamentally and inherently valuable” and that “the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.”

It is widely expected that seat of former Justice Anthony Scalia will be filled when the court is asked to review cases around transgender issues and perhaps arguments that rise out of decisions at the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit concerning the ACLU and other challenges to North Carolina’s HB2 privacy protections law. On March 6, 2017 the Supreme Court sent back the G.G. v Gloucester County School Board case to the lower court seeking further review. Similar to NC’s law, the Virginia school’s policy stated that students must use restrooms that correspond with their “biological sex” and also offered reasonable accommodations to the 17-year-old Gavin Grimm as she transitioned to a boy. The SCOUTS referenced the Trump administration’s withdraw of the case supporting for the Virginia high school student who has waged a legal fight to use the boys’ restroom and the Trump Department of Justice and Department of Education’s rescinding of the Obama Administration’s Title IX guidance letter mandating students access to sports, bathrooms, locker rooms, showers and overnight sleeping accommodation according to student’s gender identity and gender expression.