Statement of Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive
The U.S. Supreme Court may be
called upon to decide cases involving women’s equal protection and personal
liberty rights under the U.S. Constitution, as well as sexual discrimination,
sexual harassment, and sexual assault cases under federal statutes. The
Senate is therefore responsible to the American people to ensure that an
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States not only respects
the principles underlying women’s equality as a legal matter, but understands
women’s experiences that have led to these legal guarantees.
Given the Senate’s responsibility,
the sexual assault reports against Judge Brett Kavanaugh must be thoroughly
investigated in a nonpartisan and fair manner.
Those who support women’s rights
already have ample ground to oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the
Supreme Court. His judicial
opinions, speeches, writings, and recent
testimony raise grave concerns on how he would rule in reproductive rights
cases. The Senate should vote no on his nomination.