|For Immediate Release: September 14, 2018
In response to recent reports illuminating Brett Kavanaugh’s past, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement:
“We support and believe women who have survived sexual harassment and assault, and believe their anonymity should always be protected. We need to look no further than the treatment of Anita Hill to understand why women would be fearful of coming forward.
“A woman’s identity should not have to be revealed to take her story seriously and pursue justice on her behalf. The charge of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh is disqualifying and we call on him to immediately withdraw his nomination for the Supreme Court.
“Kavanaugh’s record makes clear that he does not respect women’s basic rights and bodily autonomy, and now we know this is the case in his private life, too. People in such a position of power cannot have these stains in their past, which show they will abuse their power when given the chance. Put simply, Kavanaugh cannot be appointed to the Supreme Court.”
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.”