Maloney, Local Elected Officials, Women’s Organizations Gather To Slam Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Jul 10, 2018
Press Release

NEW YORK—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined with New York City elected officials and representatives from local and national women’s organizations to oppose Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. 

Brett 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 conservatives for decades.

 “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 healthcare, LGBT rights, labor unions, the list goes on and on,” said Congresswoman Carolyn 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 healthcare,” said Congressman Gregory Meeks. “The Senate must not allow Kavanaugh to dodge their questions as to his position on Roe v. Wade or the Affordable Care Act. 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 Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. “Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination would bring them ever closer to achieving these goals. This Supreme Court vacancy is the most consequential for our country in at least a generation. The fate of critical health care protections, like those for millions of people with pre-existing conditions, and basic rights, like women’s freedom to make their own reproductive health care choices, is at stake. The Senate must reject Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.”

"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. “If you break the law, you must be brought before the law. 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. Something just doesn’t sound right, it stinks at the highest level. We must raise our voices, hold up these hearings, and wait until the midterm elections. Let’s scrutinize whoever is going to sit on the highest court in our nation to ensure that it is balanced, fair, thoughtful, incorruptible, and not appointed by someone who 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. Along with the egregious threats to the future of sexual and reproductive health and rights, this nomination endangers other progressive victories like LGBTQ rights and immigration protections. We demand that Senators Schumer and Gillibrand do everything in their power to block Trump's anti-abortion nominee."

“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. Since day one of the Trump administration women across the country have been leading the resistance and the fight for our democracy, our children, our health, and our lives, and the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has only magnified our fight. We will not stand for a Supreme Court that will further restrict abortion and threaten Roe--the law of the land on which women have relied for the past four decades. We will not go back to a time when women died trying to access one of the safest medical procedures. We demand our pro-choice Senate leaders do whatever it takes to deny the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh and any anti-choice justice to the Supreme Court.”

"If New York is going to continue to be the nation's progressive beacon, we need to ensure that we are leading the way in opposing Brett Kavanaugh,” said Assembly Member Harvey Epstein This not only means fighting back against the administration every day, but also ensuring we are protecting a woman's right to choose."

“Trump’s SCOTUS pick represents everything we have been fighting against,” said Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright. “The Supreme Court should be an institution that moves us forward, not one that threatens our fundamental rights and freedoms. We, as New Yorkers and Americans, cannot stand for someone who will roll back protections against discrimination and access to critical healthcare. That is why I stood With Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and so many other advocates to call on our leaders in the Senate to vote NO on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.”

Also in attendance were Assembly Member Aridia Espinal, Co-Founder and CEO of #VOTEPROCHOICE Heidi Sieck, and Director of Political and Government Affairs at the National Institute for Reproductive Health Danielle Castaldi-Micca.

President Trump announced his pick yesterday evening, to the dismay of progressives across the country. Kavanaugh, currently a federal appeals court judge, has faced criticisms in the past for being too partisan. His previously stated views that a sitting President should be exempt—while in office—from criminal prosecution and investigation is particularly concerning considering the ongoing Russia investigation.