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Oregon Democrats, reproductive rights leaders speak out against Kavanaugh's nomination to U.S. Supreme Court

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 18:05

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Portland -- Today Governor Kate Brown, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici joined reproductive rights leaders from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon to highlight the stakes of the Brett Kavanaugh nomination and call on other Senators to vote against his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

At a press conference at Planned Parenthood in Northeast Portland, Governor Brown again urged the U.S. Senate to reject Kavanaugh and respect the rights of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who came forward with sexual assault allegations against him. Gov. Brown also pointed out that her opponent, Republican Knute Buehler, has been silent since Kavanaugh was nominated in July about the danger his appointment poses to women’s rights. 

“Oregon voters know that I do what I say and I say what I do,” Gov. Brown said. “You can trust that when the federal government is trying to trample on our rights, I’ll stand up and fight back."

Sen. Wyden called on the FBI to reopen and complete the standard background check to fully investigate the serious and credible allegations that Dr. Blasey Ford brought forward. Wyden argued that Kavanaugh’s full record must be released, and the Judiciary Committee must conduct a thorough hearing that goes beyond Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Blasey Ford.

“This nomination poses a fundamental question: Will America go backwards or forwards on women’s privacy?” said Sen. Wyden. “I am proud to stand with Governor Brown and all of you today at Planned Parenthood to say ‘No way’ to Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Kavanagh.”

Sen. Merkley said the Senate should not vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination without the opportunity to review Kavanaugh’s full record, and a full investigation into the serious sexual assault charges against him.

“With a woman’s constitutional right to abortion and to birth control, and other important issues hanging in the balance, the next justice should not just be rubber stamped,” Sen. Merkley said. “This is about the future of our country and what kind of nation we will choose to be for generations to come.”

More Photos and videos from the event available for download HERE