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Planned Parenthood Leaders in Oregon Condemn Kavanaugh Confirmation - 10/06/18

Just now, the Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. By doing so, senators ignored the outpouring of opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination, evidence that he would gut Roe v. Wade if confirmed, allegations of sexual assault, questions about the honesty of his answers to questions under oath and serious concerns about his ability to be impartial and unbiased on the highest court of the land.


Today’s vote followed misleading and deeply partisan remarks by Kavanaugh at last week’s hearing on sexual assault allegations. The vote was scheduled despite an inadequate and incomplete FBI investigation that failed to interview numerous potential witnesses to the alleged instances of sexual violence.


“Our fight is far from over. No one will forget the hearings, the bravery of Dr. Ford or the blatant disregard for credible and believable testimony that without a doubt called into question whether or not Brett Kavanagh was fit to serve on the Supreme Court. Oregonians can join us in fighting back by voting NO on Ballot Measure 106 and NO on Knute Buehler, who remained silent for nearly three months on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Women won’t forget,” said Emily McLain, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon. 


“This confirmation will impact the fundamental rights of women and all Americans for generations to come. Thank you to each and every person for calling, sharing your story and speaking out. This is a grave disappointment, but we will not let it stop us from doing what we do every single day: provide care, no matter what,” said Lisa A. Gardner, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. 


“In the past few weeks we have been proud to stand alongside thousands of survivors and allies across the country as people demonstrated and shared their stories. We believe survivors. We are disappointed, but we will not be deflated. We must all continue to speak out,” said Anne Udall, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.

Reproductive Rights Leaders Slam Knute Buehler for Indecision on Anti-Abortion Supreme Court Nominee - 09/25/18

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.


Media Advisory: Oregon Reproductive Rights Leaders Participate in National Walkout and Moment of Solidarity - 09/23/18


Oregon Reproductive Rights Leaders Participate in National Walkout and Moment of Solidarity


Oregon’s leading reproductive rights activists will gather Monday morning in Portland to participate in the National Walkout and Moment of Solidarity in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Speakers will include representatives from Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC.


Dr. Ford has bravely come forward and shared her story about how Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. Since coming forward publicly, she has endured harassment online and offline, received death threats, been forced to move out of her home and take leave from her job, and has been the target of false accusations from right-wing politicians. She should be applauded for her courage and bravery.


The National Walkout and Moment of Solidarity follows last week’s press conference when Oregon’s political leaders came together in opposition to Kavanaugh, who would overturn Roe v. Wade and chip away at access to safe, legal abortion if given the chance.


Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC will also be calling on gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler to break his silence about Kavanaugh, whose nomination was announced more than two months ago. Last year, Buehler voted against safeguarding the right to abortion in Oregon if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

WHAT: Oregon reproductive rights leaders participate in National Walkout and Moment of Solidarity
WHEN: 10am Monday, September 24th
WHERE (NOT FOR PUBLICATION): Planned Parenthood, 3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland