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Las Vegas, NV — Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has officially come out as a no-vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination after a careful review of his record and listening to Senate Judiciary Committee testimony. Cortez Masto cited his extreme stance “on a woman’s right to choose [as] extreme and disqualifies him from a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.” 

Cortez Masto’s decision came after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford made allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. This is a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. This process should not be rushed or treated like a trial. An accusation of sexual assault is serious and survivors should be respected. The Senate must ensure it is given a thorough, outside investigation by the FBI, and not rushed and turned into a partisan political circus. Any Senator who doesn’t is ignoring survivors — Senators like Dean Heller. 

Since the allegations came to light, Senator Dean Heller has doubled down on dismissive rhetoric regarding women’s rights calling Blasey Ford’s allegations a “hiccup” in the nomination process.  

Kavanaugh has continually demonstrated a disregard for a woman’s right to have control over her own body. He was nominated with the promise of overturning Roe v. Wade. We already have grave concerns about his record of ruling to limit access to abortion and even to birth control. And now Republican leadership wants to rush over a very serious accusation of sexual assault. 

Quote from Lindsey Harmon, Executive Director, Nevada Advocates of Planned Parenthood:  

“Catherine Cortez Masto’s no-vote cements her place as a defender of Nevadans’ health and interests on the national stage. It’s more than we can say for Senator Dean Heller whose repeated inaction and dismissal of concerns surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination demonstrate his allegiance to party politics over the interests of his constituents — and the rights and safety of the women of Nevada. A sexual assault claim is a serious allegation, and it is most definitely not a ‘hiccup.’” 

  • With Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Nevadans’ constitutional rights, including access to abortion, are at risk. 

  • Yet, Dean Heller is more concerned about how this nomination impacts his reelection chances than Nevadans’ health care and rights. 

  • Dean Heller wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned, and has co-sponsored legislation that would have gutted protections for people with pre-existing conditions.  

  • Nevadan voters have been clear: they overwhelmingly support access to safe, legal abortion. In 2016, polling showed that Joe Heck’s anti-abortion record was the most compelling reason to vote against him.