Trump has made clear that his Supreme Court nominee would “automatically” overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that affirmed the constitutional right to access abortion in this country. Judge Kavanaugh has already ruled to limit access to safe, legal abortion — just last year.
It’s no coincidence that candidates running for office in 2018 are rushing to applaud President Trump on his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. They all have one thing in common - hostility toward Roe v. Wade and woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.
Martha McSally: GOP Senate Candidate in Arizona
- On Kavanaugh: “President Trump has selected a highly qualified nominee...I will work with the President to confirm conservative, qualified nominees who will protect our values.”
- On Roe: She denounced Roe v. Wade, saying that “we have just gone in such the wrong direction” on access to safe, legal abortion.
Rick Scott: GOP Senate Candidate in Florida
- On Kavanaugh: “I am glad President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh...”
- On Roe: “I believe that abortion is wrong and Roe versus Wade should be overturned.”
Adam Putnam: GOP Governor Candidate in Florida
- On Kavanaugh: “outstanding #SCOTUSpick by President @realDonaldTrump who will defend the Constitution as written.”
- On Roe: Putnam promised to ban abortion at six weeks, before most women know they’re pregnant.
Sandy Pensler: GOP Senate Candidate in Michigan
- On Kavanaugh: “I support @POTUS nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as our next Supreme Court Justice. I look forward to getting to Washington to support President Trump and Judge Kavanaugh, and I’m ready to vote to confirm him to our nation’s highest bench.”
- On Roe: “I think Roe v. Wade was a terrible decision by a court, really an almost tyrannical decision by nine people on the rest of the country.”
Bill Schuette: GOP Governor Candidate in Michigan
- On Kavanaugh: “Great decision by President Trump selecting Brett Kavanaugh.”
- On Roe: When asked whether he supports abortion bans even in cases of rape or incest, Schuette replied, “I do.”
Dean Heller: GOP Senator running for reelection in Nevada
- On Kavanaugh: “Judge Kavanaugh has a record of adherence to the Constitution and has demonstrated a commitment to interpreting the law – not making it.”
- On Roe: Dean Heller wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned, and has voted to ban abortion and criminalize doctors who perform safe, legal abortion.
Lou Barletta: GOP Senate Candidate in Pennsylvania
- On Kavanaugh: “Judge Kavanaugh is well qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and the Senate should move to confirm him without delay.”
- On Roe: Lou Barletta wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. He has worked for years to passunnecessary and onerous regulations to make it harder for women to get abortions.
Mike DeWine: GOP Governor Candidate in Ohio
- On Kavanaugh: “I urge the Senate to act quickly to confirm him before the fall term.”
- On Roe: “Roe v. Wade was poorly decided.” (Hardball, MSNBC)
Leah Vukmir: GOP Senate Candidate in Wisconsin
- On Kavanaugh: “Judge Brett Kavanaugh has the track record to become a strong constitutionalist justice.”
- On Roe: “Disastrous.”
Scott Walker: GOP Governor Running for Reelection in Wisconsin
- On Kavanaugh: “Brett Kavanaugh is an excellent nominee.”
- On Roe: Walker supports abortion bans even in cases where the woman is the victim of rape or incest.
Matt Rosendale: GOP Senate Candidate in Montana:
- On Kavanaugh: “Brett Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified nominees to the Supreme Court…”
- On Roe: Rosendale opposes abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, and he voted for a personhood bill.
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