Ever since Brett Kavanaugh was nominated by Donald Trump to sit on the Supreme Court, many people in the United States have been concerned for women’s reproductive rights. Despite the concerns, polls now show that support for reproductive rights has never been higher while support for the new Supreme Court justice has plummeted as well.
Only 14% of Democrats support the confirmation of Kavanaugh, being “the lowest for the opposing party for any nominee in recent memory” according to a Gallup survey conducted in July.
Kavanaugh is not clear to whether he supports reproductive rights but is clearly conservative which is why his nomination matters to people all over the United States who care about reproductive rights. According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, “Those supporting the ruling include 88 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of independents and a majority — 52 percent — of Republicans.”
“There is more polling that shows over 70% of Republicans support safe and legal abortions, Americans at large don’t want to go back to the days before Roe V. Wade,” said Cheri Greven, Director of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood NorCal.
Without legal and safe abortion access, women may go to dangerous and potentially fatal means to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. This could have something to do with the fact that only 4 out of 10 Republicans even believe Roe V. Wade should be overturned, according to Gallup.
“Kavanaugh will be bad for reproductive rights,” Greven states. “In just 2015 at the affordable care act benefit wrote the dissenting opinion on birth control access at workplaces.”
If Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court, women’s reproductive rights may be at risk. And with more and more Americans supporting reproductive rights, what is really at stake?