Tues 9/4: This is our Labor Week. 4 days to the end of Roe v. Wade. Light up your senator’s phone lines and tell them “Hell, no!”

Transcript: Interview with Trump by Chris Matthews of MSNBC

“I don’t have to call. My senator is already a Democrat.” Wrong.

(Slate) “If the Senate were currently on the brink of passing a bill that would ban abortion in much of the country, progressives would surely be swarming every congressional office—even those of conservative Republicans. Confirming Kavanaugh will have roughly the same effect, yet only a tiny fraction of the country seems especially upset about it. Roe is popular among Democrats and Republicans, and when it goes, Americans will take to the streets en masse. Their anger will snowball once they see the grim reality of abortion bans—the women arrested and imprisoned for exerting control over their bodies. (Nearly one in four women in the US will have abortion in their lifetime.) For now, though, they are watching the disaster unfold in slow motion, and few seem moved to even call their senators.”

We have four days. Despite potentially being the deciding vote in an upcoming legal battle about the President’s ability to be indicted while in office, Republicans are still largely on-board with confirming him without reading into his record all that deeply. Democrats are not sure we have their backs.

CHANGE THAT!

Action – Call your senators, Red or Blue.

Senators will be watching their call volume this week as hearings begin and Kavanaugh is back in the news. Make him too toxic to touch. It’s starting to work. Get your phone programmed so you can do this easily.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [____] to know that we support [his/her] fight against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for a lifetime seat on our Supreme Court. I want the vote postponed until the 100,000 pages of his records are released by the White House.

Contact your Senator:
Senator Feinstein: email DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: email DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Contacts: https://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com

  • Background: “Undue burden”, “help navigate her decision”, “refrain from facilitating abortion””settled law” .

    These are the phrases that will issue in the death of Roe v. Wade.

    Despite Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s extensive record of rulings and articles, he has had little opportunity to adjudicate reproductive rights cases until very recently. However, whenever he has been involved in a case regarding a woman’s right to bodily autonomy, he’s made it clear that he’s vehement opponent of reproductive rights, especially access to abortion care and birth control.

    • Employers can intrude into birth control: In 2015, Judge Kavanaugh authored the dissenting opinion in the D.C. Circuit’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit, writing that he believed employers have the right to deny employees health insurance coverage for birth control.
    • Tried to force a 17-year-old to give birth: In 2017, Kavanaugh wrote a bitter dissenting opinion on a federal appeals court decision allowing an undocumented teenager who sued in federal custody to get an abortion. He wanted to overturn existing SCOTUS precedent set by Roe v. Wade, writing that the government “has permissible interests in favoring fetal life, protecting the best interests of a minor and refraining from facilitating abortion.”
    • Praised abortion dissent: Kavanaugh also heaped praise on the late chief justice William Rehnquist in a speech, citing in part Rehnquist’s dissent from the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Rehnquist, he said, “stated that under the court’s precedents, any such unenumerated right had to be rooted in the traditions and conscience of our people.”
    • Undue burden: Kavanaugh will provide the deciding vote whenever a state is sued for enacting a draconian edict, such as stopping abortions after “fetal heartbeat” is detected, or closing all clinics with hallways less than hospital width. The SCOTUS majority will rule “that the state law does not pose an “undue burden” to abortion access; after all, the government has an interest in “favoring fetal life,” and women who truly want an abortion can go to another state. The majority may not admit what it is doing. But in practice, it will be overturning Roe.”
    • “Settled law”: “Calling Roe settled law isn’t saying much about the current state of abortion rights, which is probably why these men were willing to say it. But Planned Parenthood v. Casey is settled law, too. Kavanaugh described Casey as
      “precedent on precedent,” framing it mostly as an affirmation of Roe. What he left out—and the part that matters—is that Casey is the ruling that made the slow, drowning drip of state-level restrictions possible. The increasingly creative and punishing laws that states have used to preserve access in name only are what they are today because of Casey.”  (the slot.jezebel.com)

    Access to birth control and the ability to terminate a pregnancy are both basic human rights and will be seriously endangered by Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Urge your senators to reject Kavanaugh for his hostility to reproductive choice.

    Reading

  • Kavanaugh poses a direct threat to reproductive health care access (nytimes)
  • Access to safe, equitable abortion care is key to women’s ability to have full agency and autonomy in their education and career; Kavanaugh could undo it all (rewire)
  • Life before Roe: The Story of a ‘Back-Alley’ Abortionist (jezebel)

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