St. Louis, MO – Over the last few weeks, Missourians from across the state have submitted questions they want to see Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) ask U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when she meets with him later today. Among the most recurring questions on the list are regarding his stances on reproductive freedom and healthcare.
“It’s no secret that Brett Kavanaugh is a major threat to Roe v. Wade, which has guaranteed the right to safe, legal abortion for the past 45 years,” said Alison Dreith, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri. “Donald Trump has said over and over again that his litmus test for Supreme Court justices would be whether or not they’d gut Roe, and, after looking at Kavanaugh’s anti-choice record as a judge, it’s obvious he would do just that. We need Senator McCaskill to do the right thing and put pressure on Kavanaugh regarding his stance on reproductive freedom to protect her constituents from losing their right to bodily autonomy.”
Kavanaugh’s record against reproductive freedom includes a strong dissent on a D.C. Circuit Court decision in which he argued that a young, undocumented woman should not be able to access abortion care. He also issued a dissent arguing that employers should not have to provide contraception to their employees. The most concrete piece of evidence for how Kavanaugh will devastate Roe v. Wade is a recording from last year where he suggested the case was decided incorrectly.
Roe is decided law and there is 45 years’ worth of precedent that says women have the right to make a decision for themselves when it comes to starting a family. Americans deserve to know how Kavanaugh would decide on Roe once and for all before confirmation hearings start.
Among the questions left for McCaskill, Missourians wanted to know the truth on subjects like these featured below:
- Will you (Kavanaugh) rule to protect the law of the land – to access safe and legal abortion without an undue burden? Or will you vote to control women’s bodies and interfere with their lives and the council of their doctors?
- Our family needed to make the difficult decision to terminate a twin pregnancy via a late term abortion. The twins were conceived via a GIFT procedure and very much wanted. Doctors told us abortion was the best choice to make if we hoped to have a subsequent successful pregnancy. Do you think decisions regarding abortion should be made by a woman, her family, and the best available medical advice? Will you support keeping families together, no matter what kind?
- As a devout and practicing Catholic, what is added to the common good by dismantling the Affordable Care Act? How can you justify the unnecessary deaths that will definitely follow, affecting primarily poor and minorities?
- What is your position on unenumerated rights — specifically the right to privacy as established in Griswold, and applied in Roe and succeeding abortion-related decisions (Casey, Whole Women’s Health, etc.)?
- Roe v. Wade is established and is fundamentally tied to constitutional protections that guarantee personal liberty free from government interference. How will you continue to protect that personal liberty?