Oregon's governor, senators react to Trump's SCOTUS pick

President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy Monday evening.

Posted: Jul 9, 2018 7:23 PM
Updated: Jul 9, 2018 7:28 PM

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon’s elected officials are responding to President Trump’s decision to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown released a statement on Twitter, saying she believes the future of healthcare could be threatened:

“As we discuss the vacancy on the Supreme Court, the stakes could not be higher for the health of Americans. Putting Brett Kavanaugh on the bench is the Trump Administration’s ultimate chance to tear away access to the essential health care Americans rely on by destroying patient protections—including coverage for pre-existing conditions & comprehensive reproductive health care. I have worked every single day of my adult life to expand access to health care, and I won’t stop now. We need you to call. We need you to write. We need your voices to make sure that this ninth vote on the Supreme Court is not a strike against women and our families across America.”

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden echoed Brown’s comments on healthcare, particularly focused on women:

“Tonight the president begins a forced march back to the days when women’s health care choices were made by government. There can be no mistaking Trump’s Supreme Court nomination for anything but what it is: a direct attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade. American women could lose the right to chart the courses of their own lives, finding their futures are determined by the whims of fanatical state legislators and the availability of contraception. Make no mistake: we will not go back to those days.”

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley said he’s worried Roe v. Wade could be overturned, along with marriage equality:

“We knew that if Donald Trump picked anyone off his list of extremists, fundamental rights would be at stake. Now, the decision has arrived, and everything we feared is on the line. Roe v. Wade could be overturned and abortion and forms of contraception criminalized. Americans with pre-existing conditions could lose life-saving health care. Marriage equality could be overturned. Racial inequality and blatant voter suppression could be further embraced by the highest court in the land. These are no longer wild hypotheticals; these are real and imminent threats to our nation. The justices of the Supreme Court should be selected based on the wisdom, experience, and values they bring to the job, not hand-picked by ideological organizations committed to rolling back the ability of women, minorities, workers, and consumers to participate fully and freely in society. To safeguard the rights of all Americans and our founding vision of a ‘We the People’ nation, Americans must rise up and make their voices heard in the U.S. Senate.”

Earlier on Monday, before the president announced Kavanaugh as his nominee, Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio told KEZI 9 News he wanted President Trump to pick someone who is impartial about the law and constitutional rights.

DeFazio also said he was concerned the president would choose someone who is dead set against abortion and prejudiced against certain civil liberties and environmental interests.

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