As liberal legislators vociferously oppose the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, they have pointed to abortion and Roe v. Wade. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) recently asserted that the landmark abortion case pertains to the issues of individual liberty and the limitation of governmental involvement in people’s lives:
“Roe v. Wade isn’t just about women, it’s about personal liberty & limits on a government’s ability to interfere in intimate, personal decisions ALL Americans make,” Feinstein tweeted. “Brett Kavanaugh could be the vote to overturn Roe and all the progress we’ve made. #WhatsAtStake”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) described abortion as a foundational right:
“We’re fighting like our most basic rights are at stake – the rights to an abortion and to have control over our own bodies,” she tweeted. “We’re fighting like our lives are on the line. Because they are. Let’s get this job done. Let’s #StopKavanaugh.”
She also warned that “Kavanaugh is a danger to everything we value,” and then she listed “Women’s reproductive rights” as the first in a series of four items.
In a tweet expressing congratulations to Planned Parenthood’s new president, Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) described “the right to a safe abortion” as a form of “health care.”
“Congratulations to @DrLeanaWen on being named the President of @PPFA. We're at a pivotal moment in the fight for women’s reproductive rights & I look forward to partnering to ensure that all women receive the health care they deserve, including the right to a safe abortion,” she tweeted.