Frankel expresses concern over U.S. Supreme Court nominee

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, expressed concern over President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Many of Judge Gorsuch’s past decisions and statements are cause for concern," Frankel said.  "He has repeatedly argued against separation of church and state. His ruling that a private company should be exempt from a law requiring employers to provide coverage for oral contraceptives because of religious beliefs not only threatens this longstanding principle, but also endangers women’s health.

"Judge Gorsuch has also demonstrated on several occasions a willingness to protect corporations over people and to allow courts to override federal agency experts in deciding how to enforce laws. It is disheartening that U.S. Senate Republicans refused even to hold a hearing on President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. I urge all members of the Senate to carefully consider Judge Gorsuch’s history and take it into account when casting their votes."