Women’s rights and civil rights activists and Democrats alike have long maintained that Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, would be a disturbing addition to the bench. With allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when they were in high school—and Blasey Ford’s willingness to testify before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary about the assault—there is renewed hope that the committee will not vote on the nomination this Thursday (September 20) as scheduled.
In an effort to force that delay, the Time’s Up movement issued the following statement about the judge, whose record shows he is against women having autonomy over their own bodies.
Read the emailed statement in its entirety:
There was a time when business as usual could continue amid credible allegations of sexual violence. But that era has ended forever.
A man who could be our next U.S. Supreme Court Justice has been accused of sexual assault. There is no path forward for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination until those credible and serious allegations have been investigated. We demand that the U.S. Senate postpone any vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination until a thorough and complete examination has been completed.
If confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh would have tremendous influence over the lives of working women for generations to come. A lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land should not be rushed through without thorough vetting of all critical issues.
If this moment in time feels strangely familiar, it’s because it is. Listen to Christine Blasey Ford. A woman’s experience should never be valued less than a man’s career.