Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale, Interim President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF):
Given all we have learned about Brett Kavanaugh in recent weeks—including multiple sexual assault allegations and his dishonest testimony before Congress—we call for Judge Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
We have adamantly opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination because his judicial record and evasive testimony during his confirmation hearings raised grave concerns about how his future rulings could jeopardize Roe v. Wade and other reproductive rights cases. But there is more at stake than just Roe. The Supreme Court is the final defense against dangerous and unconstitutional attacks on women’s equal protection and basic rights and freedoms. Judge Kavanaugh cannot be trusted and his confirmation hearings should not continue.
The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers. Our members include individuals, private and non-profit clinics, Planned Parenthood affiliates, women’s health centers, physicians’ offices, and hospitals who together care for approximately half the women who choose abortion in the U.S. and Canada each year. Our members also include public hospitals and both public and private clinics in Mexico City and private clinics in Colombia. Our mission is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care, which promotes health and justice for women.
Alissa Manzoeillo, National Abortion Federation
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