In July, Trump announced his nominee for the Supreme Court following Justice Kennedy’s retirement. We all knew the nominee would be bad, but the nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is worse than we thought. Here are the top three reasons he would take us backwards for the next 40 years and why we can’t let him get confirmed.
1. He Will Vote to Overturn Roe v. Wade
Trump has said that all of his nominees to the Supreme Court will be staunchly anti-woman and would rule to overturn Roe if given the chance. And in this case, Trump has been true to his word.
Brett Kavanaugh does not believe that women should be able to control their own bodies. Period. Just recently, he tried to block a 17-year-old undocumented girl who was arrested at the border from getting an abortion in Garza v. Hargan. If his nomination is confirmed, every woman in America would be in danger of being unable to make choices about her own body. So call Senator Kaine (202.224.4024) and Senator Warner (202.224.2023) and ask them to vote against this nominee.
2. He Won’t Protect Insurance Coverage For People With Pre-Existing Conditions
In several cases, Kavanaugh dissented from the majority opinion standing against the Affordable Care Act, which protects those of us with pre-existing conditions from being dropped by our insurance companies. No one should have to choose between going to the doctor and putting food on the table, and the ACA is a huge protection for millions of families. We can’t let Kavanaugh get on the court and take those protections away.
3. He’ll Make It Harder To Vote
We’re in an age when conservative lawmakers are fighting tooth and nail to make it harder for average Americans to vote and handpicking voters in their districts through politically motivated redistricting. A Kavanaugh confirmation will weaken voting rights even more. When the Obama administration tried to block a South Carolina law requiring photo ID to vote because it would disenfranchise minority voters, Kavanaugh was the judge who upheld the law. Voting is one of the most fundamental rights we have as Americans, and we can’t let Trump and Kavanaugh roll back that right.
So What Can We Do?
According to a national poll, 59% of Americans would be less likely to support a senator who voted to confirm a Supreme Court nominee who would “completely overturn Roe v. Wade, limit the rights of workers to bargain for workplace safety, benefits, and wages, make it harder for people to vote in elections, and allow health insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.” Let’s make sure that our senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, know where Virginians stand—in opposition to a Supreme Court nominee that would be disastrous for the people of the Commonwealth. Call them now and ask them to vote no on Kavanaugh.
Tim Kaine: 202.224.4024
Mark Warner: 202.224.2023