I actively ignored what happened last night at the White House. I turned off the TV before 9 pm and I went to bed to decompress and relax. I didn’t watch this mess on purpose. Some people can stay agitated and stay resisting. But all of this awfulness is really getting to me. Last night, Donald Trump announced his pick to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. After “flirting” with the idea of putting a woman or an Indian-American judge on the court, Trump just went with what he knows best, his key demographic: dumb, entitled white dude. The dude’s name is Brett Kavanaugh. The worst dudes are always named Brett, just my opinion. I’ve never met a Brett and thought “I bet this guy is amazing.” They’re always douchebag rich boys and/or misogynists. And this Brett looks like a cross between the late Jerry Falwell and Steve Doocy. He acts like it too:
Kavanaugh has not explicitly vowed to overturn Roe v. Wade, nor has he made public statements indicating his intent to…but that isn’t to say that Kavanaugh has never denied women their reproductive rights during his tenure. Just last year, he infamously ruled against an undocumented teenager in a detention facility who had petitioned for the right to access an abortion. At one point during the hearing, Kavanaugh suggested that allowing the young woman go through with the procedure would make the government “complicit” in something that is morally objectionable. In addition, in 2015, he argued in a dissent that Barack Obama’s contraception mandate infringed on the rights of religious organizations.
Following Trump’s announcement, multiple reproductive-rights organizations spoke out against Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement: “We oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and call on the Senate to do the same. There’s no way to sugarcoat it: with this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line. We already know how Brett Kavanaugh would rule on Roe v. Wade, because the president told us so.”
Melissa Fowler, a senior director at the National Abortion Federation, called Kavanaugh “an extreme judge” in a statement. “Kavanaugh tried to block an undocumented minor in government custody from exercising her constitutionally protected right to an abortion,” she said. “We need a Supreme Court justice who will honor established precedent, including the constitutional right to privacy and Roe v. Wade, and that is not Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”
The anti-choice community is making some noise about how Brett Kavanaugh might not hate women and their bodily autonomy ENOUGH, but don’t fall into that trap – the anti-choice people play that game all the time, and then they get all of the knuckle-dragging judges they want. Obviously, the hypocrisy from Mitch McConnell is astounding – McConnell wants to rush Brett’s nomination through right away, because I guess not enough people remember Merrick Garland.
Anyway, just thought you should know. Roe v. Wade will be overturned in the next year. Brett will come for Griswold v. Connecticut too, so go ahead and stock up on birth control. You know what? We should just Lysistrata this whole situation.
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