Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by a vote of 13 – 6.
Silvia Henriquez, executive director for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the nation’s leading voice on Latina reproductive health and justice, provided the following comments in support of the confirmation vote.
NLIRH commends Judiciary Committee members and calls on the Senate to show full and immediate support of Sotomayor’s historic nomination. Throughout the extensive questioning, Judge Sotomayor has shown the courage and conviction necessary to make critical decisions on behalf of all Americans. Supreme Court decisions have a tremendous impact on our daily lives, making it all the more necessary to have an extremely qualified Latina serve on the U.S. Supreme Court who understands and respects the diverse experiences of all people in this country. We urge the full Senate to focus on her exceptional judicial career that spans 17 years in the federal court, in addition to her academic experience and her role as a New York City prosecutor—and confirm Judge Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Silvia Henriquez, Executive Director, and Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Deputy Director, are available for comment. To arrange an interview, please contact Andrea Hagelgans of Camino PR at 212.255.2575 or 646.575.2956.