This week’s announcement that President Trump is nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has the potential to change the course of American legal rights for generations to come. As the national advocacy voice for survivors of domestic violence, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (“NCADV”) relies on the Supreme Court to uphold, and, in some cases, expand, fundamental legal protections and the right to privacy that are vital to the safety and autonomy of survivors of domestic and dating violence. NCADV is carefully reviewing Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial history and public statements. We are looking at his opinions on laws and rules that are crucial to preventing gun violence in domestic violence cases, as well as his decisions addressing LGBTQ people’s and women’s legal rights and protections.
Our initial review raises serious concerns about Judge Kavanaugh’s past opposition to vital laws designed to protect communities from gun violence, his resistance to upholding Constitutional protections regarding a woman’s ability to make a personal decision about her healthcare and his prioritizing individual personal religious beliefs over the basic human rights of LGBTQ people. We are also concerned by his belief that sitting Presidents should not be criminally indicted. No person is above the law, and victims and survivors, as well as the American people, deserve justice, regardless of the position of offender.
Ruth Glenn, NCADV’s President/CEO, says, “As a longtime legal professional and judge, Judge Kavanaugh has an extensive paper record, which will take some time to assess in terms of its impact on survivors of domestic and dating violence. We have initial concerns about this nomination, and we hope that in the confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh’s answers to the Senators’ thoughtful inquiries about the issues that concern us and you, will allay those concerns. We must be sure that anyone nominated to the highest court in the land fully understands the impact of Supreme Court decisions on the legal rights and safety of victims of domestic and dating violence.”