The following statement can be attributed to Cynthia A. Pearson, Executive Director of the National Women’s Health Network.
Washington, D.C. -- Yesterday, a second accuser bravely came forward with disturbing allegations of sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Today, news reports suggest that there may be other allegations coming to light. The allegations made by Deborah Ramirez and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford raise serious questions not only about this nomination but about Judge Kavanaugh’s fitness to remain in his current lifetime appointment on the bench. These allegations must be thoroughly investigated in a fair and nonpartisan process.
The NWHN calls on the Senate Judiciary Committee to suspend its confirmation process and for the White House to withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination. We must learn from history. If these allegations are swept aside and this nomination is allowed to move, women will remember.
A seat on the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment and has the potential impact women’s health for an entire generation. The Senate must do the right thing and stop minimizing the experiences of survivors for political gain.
The NWHN calls on survivors and allies to wear black today and walk out in solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and all survivors of sexual violence. Walkout is Monday, September 24 at 1pm ET. Share messages of support on social media with #BelieveSurvivors.
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Cindy Pearson was the NWHN’s Executive Director from 1996 to 2021. One of the nation's leading advocates for women's health, Cindy often testified before Congress, NIH and the FDA and was frequently featured in the news as a consumer expert on women’s health issues. When she retired, Cindy received a Congressional Resolution in honor of her outstanding contributions to the health of women and girls.