October 6, 2018

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) condemns the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court by the US Senate, and is gravely concerned about the impact of this decision on reproductive, LGBTQI, and human rights both in the US and around the world.

“With the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate has reneged on its duty to effectively vet nominees, and installed a man who lacks the judicial outlook and temperament to deserve a lifetime appointment on the nation’s highest court,” said IWHC President Françoise Girard. “Kavanaugh’s judicial record also indicates outright contempt for women’s rights. This confirmation underscores the Trump administration’s hostility towards human rights, which has global implications.”

Kavanaugh’s judical record shows that he would undermine legal precedent on reproductive rights. “Judge Kavanaugh’s poor record on women’s rights and his role in restricting access to reproductive health services indicate that he would compromise health care access for millions,” added Girard. His arguments against contraception and abortion access, and his role in attempting to block 17-year-old Jane Doe, an unaccompanied immigrant minor, from receiving the abortion services she requested, points to his expected legacy as an opponent of women’s rights.

As the world moves to liberalize abortion laws and improve access to health care, the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh sets the US on a regressive path contrary to global trends.

Contact: Liza Kane-Hartnett; (+1) 212-801-1260

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