Progressive female lawmakers said Tuesday Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh will overturn a woman’s right to an abortion and endanger women’s access to health care, creating a life or death situation if he’s confirmed to the high court.
The Democratic senators claimed the president’s nominee was selected by right-wing, conservative groups who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act and overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision creating a legal right to an abortion.
They said Republicans have put affordable health care for women on the judicial chopping block.
“My heart breaks when I think about how Kavanaugh’s confirmation would hurt expecting and new moms too, who would have a harder time getting access to the maternity care that they need,” said Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Democrat, during a press conference.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Democrat, said the judge would outlaw abortion, criminalizing women who seek reproductive health care.
“This judge will undermine the ability of women of color, particularly, to survive,” she said. “The intention is to take away women’s rights.”
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