Washington, DC – The National Health Law Program, as longtime advocates for the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families, calls on the Senate to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Jackson’s expansive and distinctive career shows that she has the knowledge, commitment, and above all, compassion to be a fair arbiter of justice for all people in the United States.
“Ketanji Brown Jackson is one of the most qualified judges to come before the Senate for confirmation to the Supreme Court. She has a brilliant legal mind and an impressive legal career,” said Sarah Somers, Managing Attorney of NHeLP’s North Carolina office. “However, as an attorney who has spent my own career fighting for low-income and underserved people, I’m most inspired by Judge Jackson’s keen understanding of the human impact of her rulings. Judge Jackson’s history reveals a jurist committed to the rights of immigrants, people with disabilities, workers, people living on low incomes, those with substance use disorders, and people trying to access reproductive and sexual health services. Our country will be stronger and more equitable with Judge Jackson serving on the Supreme Court.”
“The National Health Law Program serves individuals and communities with the fewest resources and least political clout. We work with people who are often sick, managing chronic pain, living on low incomes, or navigating complex systems for loved ones — people who struggle to access health care to which they are entitled,” said Elizabeth G. Taylor, Executive Director of the National Health Law Program. “As a former public defender myself, I recognize that for many people, interacting with our judicial system can be confusing and frightening. In Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson, I see a brilliant jurist committed to making our legal system accessible and responsive to all of us, ordinary people as well as legal scholars. Judge Jackson’s confirmation will not shift the ideological balance of the Supreme Court. Still, I am hopeful that her gracious judicial philosophy might influence her fellow justices and signal to people across the nation that they too might find equal justice under the law.”