WMM Official Statement on Judge Kavanaugh Nomination
Over the last few weeks, we watched as the Supreme Court of the United States narrowly voted to strip away rights and trample on progressive values including women’s rights, immigrant rights and workers’ rights. In the midst of it all, Justice Anthony Kennedy, a key swing voter, announced his retirement.
While on the campaign trail, Trump pledged to appoint someone to the Supreme Court who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and true to his word, Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh has openly voiced his support of overturning Roe v. Wade. That’s not all that will be under attack. Judge Kavanaugh’s opinions from his time on the federal D.C. Circuit show he is hostile to rights of people and that he embraces the power of big business in the pursuit of their private gain. His opinions establish his extreme right-wing rulings on gun violence, ACA (Obama Care), consumer protection, environmental protection, net neutrality and workers rights.
Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment to our highest court will have devastating consequences to the progress of civil rights of all people, a woman’s right to choose, the people’s rights to clean air, water and land and affordable healthcare.
In the coming days, Women’s March Minnesota will send an open letter to Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Tina Smith on behalf of the 110,000 Minnesotans who marched January 21st 2017, urging our Senators to vote NO on any nominee who does not believe the United States Constitution incorporates a right to privacy and will not commit to publicly stating that Roe v. Wade is settled law.
Women’s March Minnesota believes it is our responsibility and our challenge as a community to rise up, speak out and stand together against this threat to our democracy. Learn more about what you can do to make your voice heard here:
-Women’s March Minnesota Board of Directors