RICHMOND – Today, Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) released the following statement on the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. McClellan, who is a candidate for governor in 2021, was the chief patron in the Virginia Senate of several new progressive laws, including the Reproductive Health Freedom Act, the Virginia Clean Economy Act, and the new law establishing a state-based health exchange for Virginia under the Affordable Care Act.
“Justice Amy Coney Barrett had a historically short vetting period, but her record on reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, climate change and health care is deeply concerning,” McClellan said. “I thank Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine for voting against this right-wing power grab.
“The impact of a right-wing court for Virginia and the nation could be massive. Virginia has made tremendous progress over the past several years on expanding health care, protecting equal rights, making it easier to vote, and ensuring more Virginians have educational opportunities and opportunities to participate in the economy.
“We cannot afford to let the Supreme Court drag us backwards. We must elect Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and a Democratic U.S. Congress on November 3. Then, in Virginia, we need to continue to advance legislation that protects equality, reproductive health, voting rights, and access to affordable, quality health care.
“As governor, I will ensure that Virginia remains a beacon of progress, despite a right-wing Supreme Court. I will make it a top priority to pass a constitutional amendment to protect reproductive health, and to pass new laws to further protect LGBTQ+ rights, civil rights, workers’ rights, voting rights, clean energy, and access to health care. We must continue to step boldly into the future and protect the rights of all Virginians.”