Statement of The Very Reverend Katherine H. Ragsdale, Interim President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF):
Today’s vote to confirm President Trump’s anti-woman U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, confirms what we already know: The Trump administration and anti-abortion politicians have zero regard for the real-life experiences of women in America.
We have adamantly opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination because his judicial record and dishonest 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.
Abortion providers fought for their patients’ rights before Roe v. Wade and our members will continue doing so even after Kavanaugh is sworn onto the Supreme Court.
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.