Prioritize children and families on the Supreme Court
The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We support all policymakers, including members of the judiciary, to ensure effective implementation of equitable policies for children and families. The current vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States represents one opportunity to protect and maintain rights and liberties established by the Court over the past several decades. We urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to confirm a justice who will prioritize equal protection of the law and help to realize every chance for every child.
The Supreme Court has been instrumental in protecting and establishing equal protection for children and families from all ZIP codes, races, ethnicities, genders, abilities, backgrounds, and more. Landmark cases such as 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education, which ruled school segregation unconstitutional, 1967’s Loving v. Virginia, which ruled laws against interracial marriage unconstitutional, and 2012’s National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, which upheld the Affordable Care Act, among others, helped to ensure that children have access to the opportunities and resources they need to thrive. The current vacancy on the Supreme Court puts these essential steps toward equitable outcomes at risk. In fact, our partners at the Children’s Defense Fund provide a helpful overview of cases impacting children and families that the Supreme Court will consider in the coming months and years and Families USA has compiled a similar document focused on health issues.
With our partners, the Children’s Campaign’s everyday work is building towards a Colorado where without exception, public policies and investments remove barriers for most-impacted children and families. By doing so, we improve well-being for every child and every family. Members of the judiciary must approach their positions with a recognition that their opinions intentionally and unintentionally affect children and families, and either reinforce or dismantle inequity. In doing so, judges must weigh the real-world impacts of their rulings. We call on all policymakers, including members of the judiciary, to recognize the needs of children and families facing the most barriers to opportunity to ensure more equitable child and family outcomes.