President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Alexis McGill Johnson has called for the expansion of the Supreme Court.
Amid ongoing ethical scandals and what she called attacks “on our democratic rights and our democratic freedoms," McGill Johnson told MSNBC that changes to the nation's highest court are overdue.
“The reality is, the court now has been fully captured in so many areas," she said. "The fact that you have, again, this lone Texas judge, that can now bring cases, you can form shop there, bring cases to the Fifth Circuit, which is also conservative, and up to the Supreme Court now, which has a conservative supermajority."
In tandem with expanding the number of seats on the bench, McGill Johnson called to implement term limits for the serving justices, as these life altering decisions have been made by “people with lifetime appointments, that are very much out of step with where the majority of people are on a variety of issues.”
“It would be one thing to call for, you know, a justice to step down for whatever reason, but the reality is, that the, the way in which the system has been captured requires us to engage in structural reform in a different way,” McGill Johnson said.
Planned Parenthood is one of 30 advocacy organizations that joined the "Just Majority" coalition, which calls for structural reform and expansion of the Supreme Court, as well as measures to protect “reproductive rights, gun violence prevention measures, and racial justice and civil rights.” It includes other organizations such as Color of Change, Greenpeace USA, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and March for Our Lives Action Fund.
“An unaccountable, unethical majority on the Supreme Court is behaving as if the rules don’t apply to them," the groups wrote in a press release. “It’s time for a national conversation about adding justices so the Court can once again advance justice and equality.”