Source: Queens Gazette
Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined with New York City elected officials and representatives from local and national women’s organizations on July 10 to oppose President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
President Trump announced his pick on July 9, to the dismay of progressives across the country. Kavanaugh, currently a federal appeals court judge, has faced criticism in the past for being too partisan. His previously stated views, that a sitting president should be exempt—while in office—from criminal prosecution are particularly concerning considering the ongoing Russia investigation, Maloney pointed out, adding “Kavanaugh is a known conservative with hostile views towards Roe v. Wade, affordable health care, labor unions, LGBTQ rights, and civil rights. If his nomination is approved, these and other bedrock rights will be at risk and the court could be dominated by conservatives for decades.”
All the speakers emphasized the urgent need for the Senate to prevent Kavanaugh’s appointment by voting against him or blocking a vote until Mueller’s investigation is complete, or until after the midterm elections.
“A vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court Justice is a vote to destroy Roe v. Wade, women’s freedoms, families’ affordable health care, LGBTQ rights, labor unions—the list goes on and on,” said Congress Member Maloney. “We need a court that will respect precedent. We will not allow the president to use the Supreme Court to drive our country backwards and set progress back decades. If Merrick Garland could not be given a confirmation hearing because of the 2016 election, Brett Kavanaugh must be held to the same standard now that the midterm elections are fast approaching. The American people deserve a voice.”
“President Trump has deferred to the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and with Brett Kavanaugh, has given the conservative right a judicial avenue for taking away a woman’s right to choose and health care,” said Congress Member Gregory Meeks. “A lifetime appointment to SCOTUS cannot be given a rubber stamp; there is too much at stake.”
“Donald Trump and Senate Republicans want to destroy a generation of progress for civil rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, workers’ rights and health care,” said Congress Member Yvette Clarke. “The fate of critical healthcare protections, like those for millions of people with pre-existing conditions, and basic rights, like women’s freedom to make their own reproductive healthcare choices, is at stake.”
“Brett Kavanaugh is not an ally to union workers, immigrants, women, the poor or LGBTQ communities,” said Public Advocate Letitia James. “This government is supposed to be by the people and for the people, but what we’re getting is a government that’s focused on furthering President Trump’s selfish agenda. It’s unethical and dangerous for President Trump to make such a significant decision while under investigation, and we must do everything in our power to block a vote until Mueller’s investigation is complete. Now is not to time to be silent—now is the time to rise and resist.”
“As a former police officer, the thought that anyone, in any office in this country, believes they are above the law is in contrast to what we believe as Americans,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “Just to think that we are going to appoint someone to the highest court in our land who states disregard for the courts in our land—that is the wrong decision, that is a terrible decision, and the person who is making that decision is currently under investigation.”
“Our reproductive freedom could soon be shattered,” said Laura McQuade, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of New York City. “If confirmed, President Trump’s Supreme Court choice of Brett Kavanaugh will cement a 5-4 conservative majority on the court and dominate the high court for a generation. Brett Kavanaugh’s record shows an alarming hostility to abortion access.”
“We cannot let Trump create a Supreme Court that acts as a signed permission slip for the discriminatory policies of his administration,” said Jean Bucaria, Deputy Director of NOW-NYC. “The stakes couldn’t be higher. We will not go back to a time when women died trying to access one of the safest medical procedures.”
Also in attendance were Assembly Members Harvey Epstein, Rebecca Seawright and Aridia Espinal, co-founder and CEO of #VOTEPROCHOICE Heidi Sieck, Director of Political and Government Affairs at the National Institute for Reproductive Health Danielle Castaldi-Micca, and Vice Chair of the NYS Democratic Party Trudy Mason.