Richmond, VA – This morning, U.S. Senator Mark Warner declared that he will vote “no” on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Warner’s announcement aligns him with his counterpart – Senator Tim Kaine who also recently announced his opposition to the nominee – and comes after weeks of persistent pressure from NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s members and advocates from across the Commonwealth. If confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh would likely be the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and gut Virginians’ fundamental reproductive rights. Both senators pointed to Roe v. Wade in announcing their opposition.
Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, said the senators’ announcement made her “proud and thankful”:
“I am proud and thankful that both of our Virginia Senators have taken a public stand against Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation. All Virginians – and all Americans – deserve the right to decide whether and when to have children, including the right to access safe abortion. But today, as the Senate debates confirmation of one of the most extreme anti-women’s health nominees in our country’s history, these most fundamental rights hang precariously in the balance. If confirmed, Judge Kavanaugh would be the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and gut a woman’s constitutionally protected right to privacy, bodily autonomy, and personal freedom. Kavanaugh’s recent dangerous and scientifically inaccurate conflation of ‘birth control” with abortion alone should disqualify him from the highest Court of the land.
On behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, I want to thank Senators Warner and Kaine again for doing the right thing, even when it may not be easy. I also want to thank our passionate activists who have spent every single day calling, organizing, and rallying to ensure their opposition and block Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. This is a personal fight for all of us. But this fight is far from over — which is why our members will continue to organize, keeping the pressure on still-undecided senators across the country. While we celebrate today, we are not taking a break. Our lives, our futures and our children’s futures depend on it.”