LA LGBT Center’s Resistance Squad Volunteer Kate Ryan
The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court revealed that Trump is dead-set on diminishing basic human rights. If Kavanaugh is appointed to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, a moderate voice and often swing vote on key decisions, this country will be looking at several decades of a right-leaning Court, one that values corporations and religious zealots over hard-working Americans. Right now, we have a choice to either allow the Court to be manipulated by Trump’s compassionless agenda or to fight this appointment and retain some balance in our country’s highest court.
To know what’s at stake, all we need to do is look at Kavanaugh’s record. As a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Kavanaugh argued that the Affordable Care Act’s birth control coverage mandate threatened the rights of religious organizations. Last fall, he vocally disagreed with a federal decision to allow a young immigrant woman to receive an abortion and nearly prevented the procedure by calling for appeals and special rulings. He also continues to defend the opinion that insurance companies should be allowed to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, including people living with HIV.
Kavanaugh also has a dismal record when it comes to immigration issues. In the past, he’s opposed granting work visas to immigrants, and he’s dismissed the legitimacy of certain union elections on the grounds that undocumented immigrants were involved. Clearly, he has no regard for women who want to control their own bodies, immigrants who want to positively contribute to society, and working-class Americans who are simply looking to get by.
Once the Senate Judiciary Committee votes to approve Kavanaugh’s nomination, the decision will land on the U.S. Senate. That’s where we come in: Senators on the fence need to hear from us—loud and clear. It’s worth reminding that once appointed, Kavanaugh will have this job secured for life. Though we may not see the consequences of this decision today or tomorrow, there are bound to be dire ramifications in the coming decades.
The good news is there’s still time for us to take action to direct history’s long arc in the direction of justice. Join the Center’s “Phonebank to STOP Trump's SCOTUS Nomination” on Sunday, September 2, from 11 a.m. to 3p.m.
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