Alexandria, Va. – NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia staff were on Capitol Hill today for the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh regarding Dr. Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh. NPCV staff joined other activists and allies outside the hearings to stand in solidarity with Dr. Blasey Ford and all survivors of assault, and to demand that Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court be withdrawn immediately.
Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, issued the following statement:
“Dr. Christine Blasey Ford showed us exactly what courage looks like, especially for sexual assault survivors. Her personal story was harrowing and should send a strong message to those in power who are charged with vetting and seating nominees to the highest court in our nation. We unequivocally believe her allegation of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh. We stand in solidarity with Dr. Blasey Ford, Judge Kavanaugh’s other accusers, and with all survivors of sexual assault who were forced to relive their past traumas during today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Today’s hearing and this process was a charade. Dr. Ford was put on mock-trial, questioned by a prosecutor, while Judge Kavanaugh was handed soft-ball questions by Republican members of the Committee. The truth is that Brett Kavanaugh is not entitled to a seat on the Supreme Court. He is not owed confirmation. Job candidates are not granted the benefit of presumed innocence; they are instead asked to prove their fitness for the position. Brett Kavanaugh is unfit to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Moving forward with his nomination will jeopardize the integrity of the Supreme Court irreparably. We demand that his nomination be withdrawn immediately.”