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Planned Parenthood: “The Senate has a responsibility to reject Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. If they ignore the widespread opposition to Kavanaugh, their constituents will never forget.”

WASHINGTON D.C. - Just now, the Senate advanced Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to a final vote. By doing so, senators ignored the outpouring of opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination, evidence that he would gut Roe v. Wade if confirmed, allegations of sexual assault, questions about the honesty of his answers to questions under oath, and serious concerns about his ability to be impartial and unbiased on the highest court of the land.

Today’s vote followed misleading and deeply partisan remarks by Kavanaugh at last week’s hearing on sexual assault allegations. The vote was scheduled despite an inadequate and incomplete FBI investigation that failed to interview numerous potential witnesses to the alleged instances of sexual violence.  

Quote from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

The fight isn’t over. Even after today’s vote, senators still have time to listen to the majority of women in this country who have made it clear that Brett Kavanaugh cannot be trusted to protect their constitutional rights or be fair and impartial. Confirming Kavanaugh would be a travesty that would affect our fundamental rights and those of generations to come. For all of you who have been bravely making your voices heard, know that there is still time to reach these senators and demand that they stand for you the people they represent, rather than political partisanship. Call, show up at the Capitol or in a state office, grab every friend, join marches tomorrow. The Senate has a responsibility to reject Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. If they ignore the widespread opposition to Kavanaugh, their constituents will never forget.

Throughout Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination process, opposition has continued to grow - with his unpopularity highest among women. Yesterday, in an unprecedented statement, retired Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens publicly called for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to be withdrawn. 

Across the country, people are loudly calling for the Senate to reject the nomination. People joined the 10-state Rise Up for Roe tour to rally around their support for safe, legal abortion. Planned Parenthood Action Fund, alongside thousands of survivors and allies across the country, demonstrated its support for survivors of sexual violence by wearing black, walking out of workplaces, homes, television shoots, and classrooms, and posting photos online with the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors. In Washington, D.C., people occupied the atrium of the Hart Senate Office building and visited senators’ offices.

If Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court, he would shape people’s health and rights for generations. But the young people who would be affected have not backed down. Young people on 25 college campuses from 13 states mobilized to stop Kavanaugh's nomination. They called, wrote, and visited their senators. Using tools and resources provided by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Defenders program, more than 50 members of the Yale community have come together to call nearly 2,000 people in Arizona and West Virginia, urging them to tell Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, Jeff Flake, John Hoeven, and Joe Manchin why Brett Kavanaugh is unfit to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.

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