AAUW Reacts to Kavanaugh Confirmation

WASHINGTON — American Association of University Women (AAUW) Chief Executive Officer Kim Churches issued the following statement following the U.S. Senate’s vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court.

“AAUW denounces the Senate’’s vote today to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to a seat on the Supreme Court. The integrity of the Court, which has the final say on the health, education, and economic security of women and girls, will be forever altered by the confirmation of a Justice rushed through a partisan process.

We have been watching this process closely and, from the very beginning, called for a full and fair vetting process for any nominee, including a careful examination of their record, qualifications, and temperament.

Judge Kavanaugh did not meet any of those standards. AAUW opposed Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation on the basis of his available record, which demonstrated his hostility to AAUW’s policy priorities. When credible allegations of sexual assault surfaced, we called on the Senate to allow a comprehensive inquiry by the FBI — not the prescribed-by-politicians, time-limited, and superficial investigation that we saw. And when last week’s hearing revealed Judge Kavanaugh’s troubling biases, we called for his nomination to be withdrawn.

By each and every one of AAUW’s standards, Judge Kavanaugh does not belong on the Supreme Court, and we are dismayed that he was confirmed by the Senate. Votes matter, and Senators should expect to continue to hear from AAUW members and supporters every day.”

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