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Why Brett Kavanaugh is bad for our country

Emma Murphy, Op-Ed writer

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Over the last 18 months, I have been horrified to witness the Trump administration’s all-out assault on women’s rights. The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has made it 100 times worse.

On Jan. 21, 2017, more than two million women marched on Washington and around the world with a message for Donald Trump: Hands off our bodies, our health care, our Social Security and our planet.

Brett Kavanaugh, nominee for Supreme Court Justice, is not favored by most  women. According to a poll from CNN confirmed what most could guess: Women across the country don’t want Judge Brett Kavanaugh to become the next Supreme Court justice. Only 28 percent of women polled were in favor of his appointment.  

Having the idea in my mind that Brett Kavanaugh might be the next Supreme Court Justice, I am worried about my rights as a woman.

Senator Susan Collins of Maine, upon meeting with Kavanaugh recently, said the nominee believes Roe v. Wade  is settled law, but can we trust him? In a recent case, Kavanaugh wrote a dissent casting doubt on the high court’s jurisprudence about abortion. We can’t afford to be fooled by a silver-tongued lawyer in the face of grave threats to women’s rights and health care, no matter what he says now.

On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the ruling that a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions, including the choice to have an abortion, is protected under the 14th Amendment.

A women’s medical decisions are between her and her doctor. It is not the governments place to vote on issues pertaining to a women’s  body.

Not only does he have bad views on women’s rights, he has also been accused of sexual misconduct by two females.

According to CNBC Kavanaugh denied not just sexual misconduct, but having sex at all during high school and “for many years thereafter.”

Set aside the fact that neither Kavanaugh’s accuser claims he had sex with them, the judge’s self-description strains credulity in multiple ways.

One Yale classmate promptly spoke up to say Kavanaugh once told him a contradictory story about his sexual experience. Another recalled Kavanaugh’s  habitually becoming “incoherently drunk.”

I do believe in the “innocent before proven guilty,” but Kavanaugh isn’t on trial. He has been nominated to the highest, most prestigious court in the land and  he has been accused of sexual misconduct by two individuals. Such accusations would not fly in a job interview, so they shouldn’t here. Republicans are fast-tracking Kavanaugh’s confirmation because they want to take advantage of their political leverage before it’s too late. The GOP knows how unpopular Kavanaugh’s nomination is and that’s why they’re trying to ram through his confirmation before the midterm elections.

As of Friday, the senate committee voted to push through Kavanaugh’s  nomination, but gave the FBI 5 days to investigate the accusations of sexual misconduct.   

If the senate decides to confirm Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice, the women of The United States of America won’t have it. The marches will be bigger and our voices will be louder. We need to support a woman’s right to choose her own medical decisions and we need to listen to rape/assault stories.

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