BREAKING: Leaked Email Shows Kavanaugh Misled Senate & American Public, Will Be Deciding Vote to End Roe v. Wade
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 06, 2018
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BREAKING: LEAKED EMAILS SHOW KAVANAUGH MISLED SENATE AND AMERICAN PUBLIC AND WILL BE DECIDING VOTE TO END ROE V WADE
Women’s Group to Senators: “It Is Now Clear, a Vote for Kavanaugh is a Vote to Criminalize Abortion and Roll Back Women’s Rights”
WASHINGTON, DC — Moments ago, The New York Times reported on leaked emails from Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s time as a White House lawyer in the Bush Administration that challenged a woman’s Constitutionally protected right to an abortion, as secured under Roe v. Wade.
According to the story, Kavanaugh proposed deleting a line in a ghostwritten opinion piece that read “it is widely accepted by legal scholars across the board that Roe v. Wade and its progeny are settled law of the land,” with Kavanaugh writing “I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since the Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so.”
In reaction to the leaked email, Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and executive director of UltraViolet, a leading national women’s advocacy organization issued the following statement:
“It is now crystal clear that a vote for Brett Kavanaugh is a vote to gut Roe v. Wade and criminalize abortion, bringing us back to a dark chapter in this country’s history where women were forced into deadly, unsafe and illegal abortions. Despite his efforts yesterday to mislead the Senate and the American people, the truth is out now.
“All Senators, particularly Maine’s Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, who said they would not vote for a nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade, must reject Kavanaugh’s nomination.”
Earlier this week, Thomas was arrested at Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings in an effort to bring attention to the existential threat that Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court would pose to abortion rights.
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