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Reproductive Rights Leaders Slam Knute Buehler for Indecision on Anti-Abortion Supreme Court Nominee

Reproductive Rights Leaders Slam Knute Buehler for Indecision on Anti-Abortion Supreme Court Nominee

Knute Buehler wants to claim being “pro-choice,” but he refuses to stand with pro-choice Oregonians against the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, fulfilling his pledge to appoint justices who would gut Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to access abortion in this country. Since then, two women have come forward with credible allegations of sexual assault. Buehler’s response? He’s still undecided.

Yesterday, Buehler told KATU-TV that Brett Kavanaugh “deserves to be heard.” He said, “I will reserve my judgment until after I have heard both sides deliver testimony.”

Statement from Emily McLain, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon:

“Knute Buehler has waited nearly three months to comment on the most consequential Supreme Court nominee of our lifetime, and he’s still giving Brett Kavanaugh the benefit of the doubt. Let’s be clear: Brett Kavanaugh has already been heard — when he ruled to block abortion access and birth control, and when he failed to give a straight answer on whether Roe v. Wade was rightly decided.

“These serious allegations of sexual violence only further confirm why Brett Kavanaugh is unfit to serve on the nation’s highest court. Knute Buehler is clearly placing partisan politics ahead of protecting Oregon women’s health and rights.”

Statement from Grayson Dempsey, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC:

“By refusing to speak out against Brett Kavanaugh, Knute Buehler proves that he cannot be trusted to stand up for women, for sexual assault survivors or for reproductive freedom. From lying under oath to sending secret emails misleading the public on his view on Roe v. Wade, Brett Kavanaugh has shown his true colors. And now even with two very credible accusations of sexual assault, Knute Buehler says he will reserve judgment until after a hearing.

“In a time when the stakes have never been higher, there is no room for uncertainty. Oregon women need a champion to stand up to the Trump administration’s ongoing assault on women’s rights, and Buehler has shown once again that lacks the courage and conviction to lead on these important issues.”

Statement from Governor Kate Brown:

“Oregonians know they can trust me to stand up for abortion access and fight back when the federal government tries to take Oregonians’ rights away. I have been 100 percent clear since July that Brett Kavanaugh shouldn’t be confirmed to this court because of the threat he poses to women’s health across the country, including here in Oregon.”

McLain, Dempsey and Gov. Brown participated in the National Walkout and Moment of Solidarity yesterday in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and all survivors of sexual violence.

Posted on September 25, 2018 in News.
 
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