SIECUS Statement on Kavanaugh confirmation
For Immediate Release
October 6, 2018
Contact: Zach Eisenstein
Phone: (202) 265-2405 ext 3330
In response to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States, Samantha Dercher, SIECUS Federal Policy Director, issued the following statement:
“We are as heartbroken as we are enraged by the fact that Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed for a lifetime position as a Supreme Court justice.
Kavanaugh’s known record indicates a clear threat to the sexual health and rights of all people in this country. From the right to safe and legal abortion, to contraception access, to LGTBQ rights, to immigrant rights, and beyond, Kavanaugh’s appointment jeopardizes far too many hard-won rights for far too many folks in this country.
Beyond his judicial record, Brett Kavanaugh has been credibly accused of sexually assaulting multiple women. Through his reactions to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s candid, credible, and devastating testimony, Kavanaugh proved that he completely lacks the temperament and nonpartisanship expected of a judge in any courtroom—let along the highest one in the nation.
Despite all that has come to light surrounding Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate completely ignored his many disqualifying attributes. Throughout this process, they dismissed the voices of women—and the voices of survivors. In short, the Senate failed the country by not conducting a full, transparent, and thorough vetting of a candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court.
To the members of Congress and this administration who failed to prioritize the health of the nation and legitimacy of our highest court, we echo our fellow protesters across the country in yelling, ‘Shame!’”
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) has served as the national voice for sex education, sexual health, and sexual rights for over 50 years. SIECUS asserts that sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, one worthy of dignity and respect. We advocate for the rights of all people to accurate information, comprehensive sexuality education, and the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services. SIECUS works to create a world that ensures social justice inclusive of sexual and reproductive rights.