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July 25, 2018 / Press Releases

Nearly 100 House Members and Counting Commit To Fight to Make Abortion Legal In All 50 States If Brett Kavanaugh Is Confirmed

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2018
Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

Donald Trump has been clear, he will only appoint Supreme Court Justices who will end Roe v Wade, criminalize abortion, and punish women. He has found his man in Brett Kavanaugh. If the Senate confirms Kavanaugh, abortion access in this country will be in great peril. NARAL is leading a large coalition and mobilizing forces to stop Kavanaugh from ascending to the highest Court in the land.

At the same time, we have seen support for Roe v Wade hit historic highs— including that voters are more likely to vote for a political candidate who supports abortion rights rather than for one who opposes them. In less than a week, nearly 100 House members and counting have coalesced around NARAL’s ask to #CommitToRoe and fight to make abortion legal in all 50 states if Kavanaugh is confirmed.

You can see the full commitment here:

“7 in 10 Americans believe women should have access to abortion care and be trusted to make our own decision about our own families. Yet, Donald Trump has committed to replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court with a Justice who will end the landmark decision in Roe v Wade, criminalize abortion and punish women. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade, or guts the protections the decision grants, abortion could be illegal or unavailable, nationwide, as it is in so many states already. The ACA is also at stake with a Trump appointed Justice. More than 20 million Americans could lose access to healthcare, in particular people of color and low income families. If Donald Trump is successful in getting his nominee through, only Congress, through passing legislation, will be able to ensure women’s fundamental freedom to make our own personal decisions and to access to reproductive healthcare.”

Commitment: “If the Senate confirms this or any Supreme Court Justice who will end Roe v Wade, criminalize abortion, and abolish the ACA, I commit to support legislation that will make abortion available in all 50 states.”

“Donald Trump and Republicans have been very clear, they want to end Roe and criminalize abortion, and Brett Kavanaugh is Trump’s man for the job,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue. “That is why NARAL is all in to defeat this nomination. We have also seen that the nomination of Kavanaugh is surfacing just how much the public supports Roe and does not want to see it ended or gutted. Across the political spectrum, voters want their leaders to support our fundamental freedoms. Which is why we need and are asking every single elected official to step up right now and consider how we protect women and families if Kavanaugh ascends to the Court for a lifetime appointment. NARAL is happy to work with these electeds who are standing up and fighting for women and to ensure that one way or another, the future of our country reflects the pro-choice values that the overwhelming majority of Americans want.”

Polling shows time and again that overturning Roe v Wade is widely unpopular:

  • Earlier this week, a poll from NBC News/Wall Street Journal shows that support for Roe has hit an alltime high, including that 71 percent of American voters believe Roe should not be overturned, and that the majority of Republicans oppose Roe being overturned.

    • Voters also say that they are more likely to vote for a political candidate who supports abortion rights rather than for one who opposes them. 44 percent of voters said they would be more likely to vote for a pro-choice candidate, while 26 percent said they would be more likely to support a candidate who backs restrictions on abortion.

  • June 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows that two thirds of Americans don’t want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe.

Below is the full list so far of Members who have joined in this commitment, and the list continues to grow:

Ruben Gallego (AZ-07)
Raul Grijalva (AZ-03)
Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01)
Pete Aguilar (CA-31)
Jared Huffman (CA-02)
Nanette Barragan (CA-44)
Karen Bass (CA-37)
Ami Bera (CA-07)
Julia Brownley (CA-26)
Salud Carbajal (CA-24)
Tony Cardenas (CA-29)
Judy Chu (CA-27)
Susan Davis (CA-53)
Anna Eshoo (CA-18)
Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)
Ro Khanna (CA-17)
Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Ted Lieu (CA-33)
Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
Doris Matsui (CA-06)
Grace Napolitano (CA-32)
Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)
Scott Peters (CA-52)
Jackie Speier (CA-14)
Eric Swalwell (CA-15)
Mark Takano (CA-41)
Mike Thompson (CA-05)
Norma Torres (CA-35)
Diana DeGette (CO-01)
Jared Polis (CO-02)
Joe Courtney (CT-02)
Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)
Jim Himes (CT-04)
Blunt Rochester (DE-AL)
Lois Frankel (FL-21)
Stephanie Murphy (FL-07)
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (FL-23)
Danny Davis (IL-07)
Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08)
Mike Quigley (IL-05)
Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)
Andre Carson (IN-07)
Dave Loebsack (IA-02)
Anthony Brown (MD-04)
Jamie Raskin (MD-08)
Michael Capuano (MA-07)
Katherine Clark (MA-05)
Joe Kennedy (MA-04)
Jim McGovern (MA-02)
Niki Tsongas (MA-03)
Dan Kildee (MI-05)
Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)
Keith Ellison (MN-05)
Betty McCollum (MN-04)
Jacky Rosen (NV-03)
Dina Titus (NV-01)
Carol Shea Porter (NH-01)
Anne McLane Kuster (NH-02)
Bonnie Coleman (NJ-12)
Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05)
Donald Norcross (NJ-01)
Frank Pallone (NJ-06)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01)
Ben Ray Lujan (NM-03)
Yvette Clarke (NY-09)
Joe Crowley (NY-14)
Eliot Engel (NY-16)
Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)
Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08)
Nita Lowey (NY-17)
Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)
Grace Meng (NY-06)
Jerry Nadler (NY-10)
Tom Suozzi (NY-03)
Paul Tonko (NY-20)
Nydia Velazquez (NY-07)
Alma Adams (NC-12)
David Price (NC-04)
Joyce Beatty (OH-03)
Tim Ryan (OH-13)
Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)
Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)
Brendan Boyle (PA-13)
Steve Cohen (TN-09)
Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
Marc Veasey (TX-33)
Peter Welch (VT-AL)
Don Beyer (VA-08)
Gerry Connolly (VA-11)
Stacey Plaskett (VI-AL)
Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)
Rick Larsen (WA-02)
Adam Smith (WA-09)
Gwen Moore (WI-04)
Mark Pocan (WI-02)

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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