Day of Action Opposing the Confirmation of Trump’s Nominee to the Supreme Court

August 31, 2018

NAPW will commemorate the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women’s right to vote on Women’s Equality Day (August 26) by participating in the Day of Action opposing the confirmation of Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. #StopKavanaugh

Many advocacy groups and media outlets have identified the issue of “abortion rights” as a key issue for determining the nominee’s qualifications. It certainly is, but far more than abortion is at stake for women. Focusing on abortion alone makes it possible to ignore critical issues that might not be readily apparent. Remember that 59% of women having abortions are already mothers and that by age 44, approximately 84% of all women in the United States have been pregnant and given birth. Court decisions regarding Roe v. Wade will inevitably affect all pregnant women.

If fertilized eggs and fetuses are recognized as separate persons as a matter of constitutional law, women lose the right to terminate pregnancy, but also will be increasingly open to criminal prosecution, child abuse allegations, and other harsh interventions when they remain pregnant and go to term.
Since 1973 when Roe was decided, more than 1200 women across the U.S. have been charged with crimes or taken into government custody for experiencing miscarriage or stillbirth, attempting abortion outside a medical setting, delaying cesarean surgery, having home births, and for being pregnant and engaging in a wide range of actions that are not otherwise criminalized. Roe has been the defense to many of these charges. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe, there will surely be more prosecutions.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will start the Kavanaugh hearings on September 4th. Call your U.S. Senators. Let your voice be heard on this Women’s Equality Day. #StopKavanaugh