FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2018
Contact: Stephanie Reichin
Statement from National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) President Andrea Miller
The third sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh is a clear, harrowing example of the incredible danger and disgrace his confirmation would pose to the Supreme Court, to the country, to women, and to all survivors of sexual assault. NIRH renews and amplifies our call for Brett Kavanaugh to immediately withdraw his nomination.
The details of Julie Swetnick’s allegation are graphic and horrifying. Brett Kavanaugh’s antipathy towards women knows no bounds; a serial sexual predator has absolutely no place on our nation’s highest court, making critical decisions that will affect generations to come.
The brave women who have come forward to share their stories deserve fair and reasonable treatment from our elected leaders. That some legislators are refusing to call for an FBI investigation of these serious claims is a travesty.
Sexual assault and restricting reproductive rights have the same root cause: the desire to control women and their bodies, which are in direct opposition to the values and work of NIRH. Our mission to advance reproductive freedom is based on trusting women, always.
We believe the survivors of sexual assault and harassment, and support survivors’ decisions regarding how and when to tell their stories. We believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick.