With Trump’s SCOTUS Pick, Women’s Rights & Access to Health Care Under Attack

Last night, President Trump chose to fill the most consequential Supreme Court vacancy in a generation with a nominee boasting a proven, decades-long and active hostility to women’s reproductive freedoms and to the health care law of the land.

Judge Kavanaugh has a long history of opposition to the full, fundamental right of every woman to make her own decisions about her body, family and health care – posing a grave threat to women’s rights and to our Founders’ promise of liberty and justice for all. 

If he proves as eager an executor of the President’s bitter campaign to overturn Roe v. Wade and sabotage Americans’ health care as his record suggests, a woman’s right to choose will be repealed and the health coverage and economic security of 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions will be in grave peril.

The Cut: Brett Kavanaugh Poses a Serious Threat to Reproductive Rights

When Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation on June 27, it was immediately clear that Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S., would soon be under threat.

Just last year, [Brett Kavanaugh] infamously ruled against an undocumented teenager in a detention facility who had petitioned for the right to access an abortion … In addition, in 2015, he argued in a dissent that Barack Obama’s contraception mandate infringed on the rights of religious organizations.

A vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh is a vote to destroy Roe v. Wade, women’s freedoms and families’ affordable, quality health care.  

Bustle: How Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS Nomination Could Impact Millennial Women Is Daunting

Now that Trump has finally announced his pick to replace Justice Kennedy in the Supreme Court, you might be wondering how Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination could affect millennial women. As a conservative-leaning judge, Kavanaugh sits on the far right side of the spectrum on almost every issue, from health care to gun rights to net neutrality. But the most concerning aspect of Kavanaugh’s potential appointment revolves around the power he could wield in potentially reversing Roe v. Wade.

Kavanaugh has made several worrying legal statements and arguments related to abortion that certainly inspire questions from those wondering where he stands on a woman’s right to choose.

Vox: Brett Kavanaugh likely gives the Supreme Court the votes to overturn Roe. Here’s how they’d do it.

When Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed (which, given the composition of the Senate, feels almost like an inevitability), there will quite possibly be a 5-4 majority on the Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Kavanaugh will pretend this isn’t the case.

As a circuit court judge, Kavanaugh was bound in almost every case to obey Supreme Court precedent faithfully. He could try to bend that precedent, for sure, or argue that certain precedents have been superseded by subsequent rulings.

The Guardian: ‘Five-alarm fire’: activists say supreme court pick threatens abortion rights

Brett Kavanaugh, a US district court judge, was nominated by Trump for the seat held by the retiring Anthony Kennedy … “We will have a steady drumbeat of activity through the hearings,” Ilyse Hogue, president of Naral Pro-choice America, told reporters on a call involving six leading civil rights groups.

Ben Winkler, Washington director of MoveOn.org, called Kavanaugh’s nomination “a five-alarm fire for our fundamental rights and our democracy”.

A vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh is a vote to destroy Roe v. Wade, women’s freedoms and families’ affordable, quality health care.

Democrats will stand firm against the President’s attempt to use his Supreme Court pick to drag our nation backward and set back women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, workers’ rights and health care for decades.

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