On September 4, the confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to become the next Supreme Court Justice began in the U.S. Senate. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has yet to state how she will vote. So as the hearings began, Reproaction joined Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Como for Progress to rally at Senator Claire McCaskill’s office in Columbia, MO and urge her to vote “NO” on Kavanaugh. Fifteen of Senator McCaskill’s constituents showed up and highlighted the importance of protecting the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling, the Affordable Care Act, and also highlighted the accompanying danger that lies in confirming a supporter of presidential self-pardons in the midst of a very public federal investigation of the White House.
At the rally, a community leader spoke about the importance of protecting Roe v. Wade. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, half the population will lose their bodily autonomy and abortion access will largely disappear for poor women and women of color across the nation. Two of McCaskill’s constituents spoke from personal experience as they emphasized the significant role that the Affordable Care Act has played in their lives. If the Supreme Court rules to gut key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 32 million people will lose affordable healthcare insurance coverage, drastically increasing the unnecessary health complications that would lead to dire health outcomes and medical debt. A lawyer who has practiced law for nearly 17 years spoke to the importance of doing everything we can to save our democracy by allowing Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in our 2016 election to continue until its completion.
If you are a Missouri resident, please take a moment and contact Senator McCaskill by scheduling a visit to any of her offices, calling her office (844) 515-2798, or emailing to urge her vote “NO” on Judge Kavanaugh.