AAUW Urges Withdrawal of Kavanaugh Nomination

WASHINGTON — American Association of University Women (AAUW) Chief Executive Officer Kim Churches issued the following statement calling for withdrawal of the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court.

“Given what we have learned in recent weeks coupled with the testimony shared today from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh, AAUW believes that if the Senate will not allow the FBI to investigate the allegations against him, Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination must be withdrawn. AAUW has opposed his confirmation based on his available record because it demonstrates his hostility to AAUW’s policy priorities and the health, education, and economic security of women and girls.

Now there is even more at stake. Today, in the face of threats and intimidation, Dr. Blasey Ford sacrificed her privacy for the sake of our democracy. For his part, Judge Kavanaugh revealed a bias, which combined with his record, further demonstrated that he is unfit to serve on the Court.

We have repeatedly called for a full, fair, and nonpartisan investigation into the serious and credible allegations of sexual violence against Judge Kavanaugh in order to ensure that the survivors and witnesses to the allegations have been heard. Nonetheless, the Senate has moved ahead with a flawed process. The rush to a vote in Committee and on the Senate floor ignores these allegations and continues to conceal Judge Kavanaugh’s full record from the American public, who may have to live with the outcome of their decision for decades to come. His confirmation devalues the promise of justice for all survivors and would compromise the reputation and integrity of the Supreme Court. Without this investigation, this process must be halted and his nomination must be withdrawn.”

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