NWLC Reacts to Kavanaugh’s Evasive Answers on Precedent

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center:

“It’s not sufficient that Brett Kavanaugh believes that Roe v. Wade is settled law. The Supreme Court can change precedent—like it did this year when the Court’s conservative majority overturned decades of labor law precedent in Epic Systems v Lewis and Janus v. AFSCME.

“Kavanaugh has a strong track record of ignoring Supreme Court precedent on the right to personal liberty. While sitting on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, he recently voted to allow the Trump Administration to block a young immigrant woman from obtaining an abortion—even though she had complied with the legal hurdles to obtain one.

“In his rambling answers on precedent, Kavanaugh ignored the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which reaffirmed that the Constitution protects the right to abortion and the government cannot impose an undue burden on a woman’s ability to access it.

Thirteen cases are just steps away from handing a Supreme Court that’s hostile to abortion rights the opportunity to severely restrict abortion access.”


For immediate release: September 5, 2018
Contact: Maria Patrick ([email protected])