For Immediate Release: August 6, 2019
This afternoon, Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Representative Hank Johnson, chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, announced that a formal request has been made for records related to now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In response, NARAL President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement:
“We applaud Chairman Nadler and Congressman Hank Johnson’s work to make sure this vital information comes to light and were proud to play a part from the beginning. It’s absolutely critical that the American people know the extent of Kavanaugh’s determination to gut our fundamental freedoms. NARAL was proud to lead a large and diverse coalition of organizations and activists protesting Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court in the face of Republican efforts to keep his record under wraps. We will continue to work with the committee to make sure information related to Kavanaugh’s record is fully released to the public.”
Last August, as part of a broader push to defeat Kavanaugh’s nomination, NARAL and partner groups organized the largest single-day protest against a Supreme Court nominee to call on senators to do their jobs, uphold the will of the people, and vote no on Kavanaugh’s nomination. The August 26 “Unite for Justice” national day of action included more than 200 events in all 50 states.
Now, less than a year after Kavanaugh joined the court, there are 20 cases in the pipeline that could gut or overturn Roe v. Wade and Kavanaugh has made clear his hostility to the precedent established under Roe that upholds the constitutional right to abortion.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked 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. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom. 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.”