NARAL: We Will Never Forget. Not Tomorrow. Not In November. Not In 2020. Not Ever.
|For Immediate Release: October 6, 2018
After Congress voted 50-48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement:
“The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a travesty for women, and all Americans, orchestrated by the Republican Party through shameful and unprecedented tactics.
“At every step of this sham process, the Republican Party has sent the clear message to women that we don’t matter. They have ignored Brett Kavanaugh’s hostility toward us, our bodily autonomy, and our fundamental rights. They have ignored his repeated lies under oath and flawed character. And just as they ignored Dr. Blasey Ford’s courageous testimony, they ignored our own stories, our own pain, and our own voices as countless women and survivors came forward with their own experiences.
“Republicans are not, and never were, interested in the truth about Brett Kavanaugh’s history of sexual assault and lying. They are only interested in forcing their ideology on all of us. Republicans want to gut Roe v. Wade and criminalize abortion, repeal the Affordable Care Act, roll back LGBTQ rights, and decimate the Voting Rights Act and Affirmative Action. Their intent is to consolidate power and wealth through stripping hundreds and millions of Americans of generations worth of progress toward justice, equality, and opportunity.
“Brett Kavanaugh is their means to this end. Which is why Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans used shameful and unprecedented tactics to ram through the most unpopular and controversial Supreme Court nominee of all time undermining the legitimacy of our nation’s most hallowed institutions in the process.
“This nomination fight set off an explosive chain reaction of women all over the country reliving their own trauma, and sharing stories with new audiences. For these last few months, women everywhere were forced to relive pain– pain of dangerous and illegal abortions, our own stories of rape and sexual assault, and a culture that still silences women instead of believing them.
“We fought this fight not only because the balance of the court was at stake but because we want better for ourselves, our families, our daughters and our sons. We fought on because we continue to be the torch bearers for the promise of a democracy that assures dignity, equality and justice for all people. And as we fought, Roe, and the freedoms it protects, got more popular, and is now more popular than ever before.
“That fight does not end with this vote. Our message to Republicans is clear: we will never forget. Not tomorrow. Not in November. Not in 2020. Not ever.”