The following statement can be attributed to Cynthia A. Pearson, Executive Director of the National Women’s Health Network.
In light of very credible allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate Judiciary Committee must postpone their vote until a fair, thorough, and nonpartisan investigation has been conducted. We must learn from history, and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford must have her voice heard.
A seat on the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment, and Kavanaugh has the potential to shift the balance of the court on issues critical to women’s health for an entire generation. Brett Kavanaugh has already committed perjury, downplayed his close connections to serial sexual harasser Judge Alex Kozinski, and dissembled about his views on key women’s health cases. Dr. Ford’s allegations serve as additional proof that Kavanaugh is unfit to serve on the highest court in the land.
The stakes are simply too high for the Senate to ram through this nomination without proper vetting.
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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.