Abortion rights are clearly in peril with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court.
Justice Kennedy’s vacancy on the Supreme Court means that the right to safe and legal abortion in this country is on the line. President Donald Trump has promised to appoint only biased justices who will overturn Roe v. Wadeand strike down the Affordable Care Act. By choosing Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump is proving that he plans to make good on that promise (“Millions from anonymous donors to influence Supreme Court confirmation fight,” July 12).
Although he is a fellow Marylander, Judge Kavanaugh cannot be trusted to respect the precedent of individual liberty including the right to access contraception and birth control. Just last year, he blocked a lower court’s order requiring the government to allow an undocumented woman entering the United States to have an abortion. Under the guise of religious freedom, Mr. Kavanaugh also supported allowing employers to deny their employees access to no-copay birth control coverage.
For more than 40 years, access to safe and legal abortion has been the law of the land and the right to control one’s body an essential American liberty. The majority of women in this country were born after Roe was decided; for many of them, the legal right to control their bodies and make decisions about whether and when to become parents is something they have known their entire lives. As a mother of three daughters, it is unimaginable to me that my children might have fewer rights than I have had. Further, Mr. Kavanaugh’s appointment would disproportionately affect the most vulnerable members of our society — women of color, the young, the poor, and those in rural areas — all of whom already face considerable barriers to health care.
Simply put, it should be women, not politicians, who make their own deeply personal decisions about when and whether to become parents. I am thankful for our champions in Maryland; Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin for expressing their concerns. I respectfully ask the other leaders in the U.S. Senate to reject any of President Trump’s nominees who would put our health and rights at risk and roll us back in time.
Dana Robinson, Baltimore
The writer is director of communications and marketing for Planned Parenthood of Maryland.