Coalition of 11 Groups Calls for Supreme Court Oral Arguments to be Livestreamed During Building’s Closure to Public

03.13.20

WASHINGTON, DC—A coalition including Center for Popular Democracy, Demand Justice, Indivisible, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Action Network, National Partnership for Women and Families, National Women’s Law Center, People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Progressive Turnout Project, and Revolving Door Project released the following statement Friday in response to the Supreme Court announcing it will be closing its doors to the public to combat the spread of coronavirus:

“Yesterday, in response to the growing public health threat posed by the coronavirus, the Supreme Court announced that it would be closed to the public until further notice. Though we applaud the Court’s quick response to the threat, we believe strongly that it must make alternative arrangements in order to ensure that the public has full transparency into the Court’s dealings. This is especially important given the Court’s schedule for the next two months, which includes oral arguments in cases regarding the President’s tax returns and financial records, as well as a challenge to the administration’s rule that further limits access to contraceptive care under the Affordable Care Act. In order to ensure full transparency and maintain trust from the public, the Supreme Court must make its oral arguments available to the public via live audio and video, at least until it can reopen its doors to the public.”

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