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September 4, 2018


NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Members Stand Up to Stop Kavanaugh

From Oregon to DC, Pro-Choice Leaders Must Defend Reproductive Freedom


PORTLAND, OR – As Senate confirmation hearings for Trump appointee Brett Kavanaugh kick off today in Washington DC, Grayson Dempsey, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, issued the following statement:

“Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment would have an effect for generations to come. Kavanaugh can cast a deciding vote to gut Roe v. Wade and criminalize abortion, to place President Trump above the law, to undermine hard-fought LGBTQ rights, and to reverse the years of progress that Americans gave their blood, sweat, tears, and lives to accomplish. We cannot look back at this moment and wonder if we should have done more. I do not want to see a world where my daughter has less rights than I do, and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon members are ready to stand up and fight for reproductive freedom in our state and across the nation.”

With former Senator Jon Kyl, who has been shepherding Kavanaugh’s vote through the Senate, set to be appointed to replace the late Senator John McCain, it is more important than ever that pro-choice Democrats and Republicans recognize this vote as a ​career​ moment of leadership. This vote may very well define the lifetime of a senator’s public service, and we will be watching. ​The message is clear: a vote for Kavanaugh is a vote to end ​Roe v Wade​ and criminalize abortion, and if you vote against women and our fundamental freedoms, we will never forget.

NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Political Director Christel Allen is on the ground in DC this week, representing Oregon’s resistance to this extreme nominee. She added:

“This is not a moment where we can assume our rights are safe, and any senator who claims to support and protect the fundamental rights of women cannot take our hard-won progress for granted. We are grateful for the leadership of Senators Wyden and Merkley, and call upon their colleagues from both parties to vote no on Kavanaugh’s appointment.”

Follow Allen’s live feed from DC on Twitter @prochoiceoregon.

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