Saratoga Unites’ Weekly Newletter – August 13 2018

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July 10, 2018 – PRESS RELEASE

TRUMP SUPREME COURT NOMINEE KAVANAUGH THREATENS WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS and 100 YEARS OF LEGAL ADVANCEMENT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – According to Lois Shapiro Canter, a local attorney in Saratoga Spring, N.Y, and the president of Saratoga Unites, a volunteer citizen’s group formed in Saratoga shortly after the Trump election, the president’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, currently a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy should be opposed by the house, senate – and most importantly, the American public.

“First, a sitting president who is under criminal investigation should not have standing to nominate candidates to the Supreme Court,” Canter said, “Particularly when the nominee stated in 2009 that a sitting president should be considered above the law and not subject to indictment and trial.”

In addition to having two GOP Supreme Court justices beholden to Trump for their appointments and possibly compromised by their loyalty to the president, it’s hard to image that there are not more proven and experienced legal minds in America than the 53-year-old Kavanaugh, whose Trump-inspired loyalties could influence the court for 30 or more years, Shapiro added.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., noted Kavanaugh’s clear GOP bias during a 2006 confirmation hearing, detailing Kavanaugh’s work with Clinton prosecutor Kenneth Starr and the questionable “hanging chad” rulings which gave the 2000 election to George W. Bush. “From the notorious

Starr report, to the Florida recount, to the president’s secrecy and privilege claims, to post-9/11 legislative battles including the Victims Compensation Fund, to ideological judicial nomination fights,” Schumer said, “if there has been a partisan political fight that needed a very bright legal foot soldier in the last decade, Brett Kavanaugh was probably there.”

In addition to his GOP bias, Kavanaugh’s nomination adds further threats to U.S. women’s rights to control their reproductive health care decisions. In October, Kavanaugh opposed the DC Circuit Court’s decision that an undocumented immigrant teen in detention was entitled to seek an abortion. In his dissent, Kavanaugh wrote that the Supreme Court has held that “the government has permissible interests in favoring fetal life, protecting the best interests of a minor, and refraining from facilitating abortion.”

Shapiro-Canter of Saratoga Unites is alarmed. “Not only is Roe v Wade on the chopping block with this nomination,” she said, “if confirmed, Brett Cavanaugh will drive the Supreme Court to the hard right, jeopardizing every environmental, social justice and human rights law and court decision this country has been afforded in the past 100 years.”

The partial list of rights and programs she cited as at risk include:

  • Access to Birth Control and Pregnancy Termination
  • The Affordable Care Act, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, Disability and Unemployment Insurance
  • Separation of Church and State including Marriage Legalization of Same-Sex Couples
  • The Voting Rights Act, Affirmative Action and Anti-Discrimination Laws including Anti-age, Anti-Disability and Anti-Gender, Anti-Bias Crime and Labor Law Enforcement
  • Gun Safety laws, Clean Water and Clean Air Acts

“Indeed, every federal and state law enacted which protects and serves the public interest will be on the chopping block,” Shapiro-Canter added, “and a far-right Supreme Court nominee will permit them to accomplish that goal. The Supreme Court decides cases which affect every American. A far-right ideologue such as Brett Kavanaugh will vote to overturn every important landmark civil right and humane court precedent.”

Because Kavanaugh has stated that he does not believe court decisions should be guided by its previous rulings or precedents, she explained, even long-standing laws and Supreme Court decisions will be threatened by his appointment. “We urge all members of the U.S. Senate to put our children and America first and foremost, before their re-election concerns. History will remember whether they stood by us or sacrificed our well-being for self-interest. Urge your senator to use every procedural tactic to prevent consideration of this nominee and to vote against this nominee!” she concluded.

Information on contacting New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to express your opinion on the Kavanaugh nomination and a president’s right to make those appointments while under investigation is available at Saratoga Unites’ website, www.saratogaunitesny.org/u-s-lawmakers/.  The next gathering of Saratoga Unites is a summer picnic on Sunday, July 22, 10-5, at the Saratoga Spa Park Orenda Pavilion. All concerned and interested area residents are encouraged to attend.

For information, contact Norah Brennan at (518) 527-8366 or online at ailurophilia@gmail.com.

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Thank you to those who joined the Families Belong Together March and Rally on June 30th!

 

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