Dawn Laguens: "Senators Must Stop Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination Process Immediately."
Washington D.C. -- Today, The New Yorker broke news of the disturbing sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh for the first time:
“In the letter, the woman alleged that, during an encounter at a party, Kavanaugh held her down, and that he attempted to force himself on her. She claimed in the letter that Kavanaugh and a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in the room to conceal the sound of her protests, and that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand. “
Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
Sexual assault is a violent abuse of power and should disqualify anyone from serving on the highest court in the land. Kavanaugh’s record of undermining women’s health and constitutional rights should already prevent his confirmation from moving forward. These serious allegations raise even more questions about what we don’t know about Judge Kavanaugh.
“At Planned Parenthood, our health centers provide sexual and reproductive health care to survivors of sexual violence every day. We know a woman’s name does not have to be revealed for her experience to be taken seriously. Planned Parenthood calls on senators to stop the nomination process immediately.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 600 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.