Today, Sen. Susan Collins announced that she will vote to confirm Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Since President Trump announced Brett Kavanagh as his nominee to the Supreme Court on July 9, Maine women and Planned Parenthood supporters have delivered more than 700 handwritten letters, made more than 3,300 phone calls, and held more than 20 public events to voice their opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
“In the midst of a national dialogue about sexual assault, Sen. Collins sided with those who disbelieved, disrespected and even mocked survivors of sexual assault. No senator who votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court can count themselves as a champion of Roe v. Wade and women’s health and rights. Sen. Collins’ vote for Kavanaugh is a vote against abortion, birth control access, and survivors of sexual assault. With this vote, Sen. Collins has undermined the future of access to abortion for millions across the country. Sen. Collins had the opportunity to represent the lived experience of tens of millions of women in this country — to be a voice of independence and to protect our constitutional rights. She chose the opposite. Women will not forget.”
Statement from Meagan Gallagher, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund:
“Sen. Collins made a choice today to side with Mitch McConnell and President Trump over Maine people, and we are heartbroken. Thousands of Maine women came forward, often for the first time, to share their personal stories. They were courageous. Their experiences laid bare the stakes for our country and made it clear that Brett Kavanaugh should not be allowed to serve on the Supreme Court. While Sen. Collins may have turned a deaf ear, we won’t. We will redouble our efforts to ensure the people of Maine have access to the care they can count on from Planned Parenthood, and we will work every day to elect people who will listen to us and fight for us. We won’t stop.”