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NASW deeply disappointed by confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is deeply disappointed the Senate voted 50 to 48 on October 6 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment to serve as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

NASW is displeased the Senate made this choice considering Kavanaugh lacks the temperament and judicial philosophy to decide on cases that will significantly impact the health and well-being of millions of Americans. His appointment tilts the philosophical balance of the Court in favor of those who would overturn settled law such as abortion rights as decided by Roe v Wade.   

Additionally, Kavanaugh’s appointment is unacceptable because his judicial record has shown that he is dangerously deferential toward big businesses and the wealthy elite and is willing to cede excessive power to the executive branch of government.

Kavanaugh’s record demonstrates his disregard for the rights of workers, women, and immigrants. His egregious insensitivity to the right to health care - especially reproductive health care for women - is cause for deep concern.  

NASW’s disappointment with Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation has been reinforced by the disregard for survivors of sexual violence that was displayed by many members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Their treatment of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was shameful.  Dr. Ford showed extraordinary courage in testifying about being sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh when he was 17 years old. That many members of Congress and the White House would question the veracity of Dr. Ford’s accusations is an insult to the millions of women who experience sexual violence around the world.

Time has run out on stopping Kavanaugh from becoming an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. However, his confirmation must be seen as a wake-up call alerting us that “courts matter."

We  must not fall into despair over this setback. Instead, Kavanaugh's appointment should become an incentive for us to mobilize for the upcoming national elections in 2018 and 2020. Gaining political power through the ballot will go a long way in preventing President Trump from appointing another far-right justice to the Supreme Court. The stakes are clearly high.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.