Lawrence, MA - Juana Matias, State Representative and candidate for the Third Congressional District, tonight released the following statement in opposition to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, who has repeatedly ruled against women’s reproductive rights:
“Over the last decade, the Supreme Court has tried time and again to turn back the clock, repeatedly ruling in favor of corporate interests at the expense of working men and women. From opening the floodgates for big money in our politics, to obliterating the Voting Rights Act and endorsing Trump’s racist Muslim ban, this court has taken every opportunity to advance the conservative agenda, rather than earnestly interpret the Constitution.
“The President’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy threatens to force the Court even further to the right. It’s all too clear that a Justice Kavanaugh would help President Trump to turn the clock back even further, first and foremost by eliminating an individual’s right to make decisions about his or her own body.
“President Trump and Vice President Pence have made no secret of the fact that they want a Court that will overturn Roe v. Wade. Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and overturning it would have catastrophic consequences for women and families from coast to coast, including here in Massachusetts. I’m proud to be a cosponsor of the NASTY Women Act in the State House, which would ensure that the right to safe, legal abortion is protected in Massachusetts.
“I’m vehemently opposed to this nomination, and will continue to speak out against it. Inscribed above the steps of the Supreme Court is the phrase “Equal Justice Under the Law,” a central tenet of our democracy. But under a Trump Supreme Court, our democracy and civil rights will go out to the highest bidder. We have a moral obligation to oppose this nominee and demand that the President nominate someone who will decide cases based on the law of the land, rather than political ideology.”