Kavanaugh Nomination Draws Fire From St. Louis Groups

"There's just too much at stake not to question the validity of this appointment."

Brett Blume
July 10, 2018 - 11:59 am

(KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  Opposition to President Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court has been swift and vocal, including here in the St. Louis area.

A coalition of groups including the National Council of Jewish Women, NARAL Pro-Choice, the Ethics Project, PROMO and more gathered outside the Old Courthouse to voice their concerns, using the Dred Scott statue as a backdrop.

Nancy Litz, with the National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis, voiced her concerns over the potential addition of Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the high court.

"To have such a highly partisan candidate potentially approved by a single vote majority in an equally partisan Senate doesn't speak well for our system of checks and balances," she said. "That's what the court was designed to do."

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Other speakers included Alison Dreith, executive director for NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri.

"I think that the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh is deeply concerning not only to gut Roe v. Wade, but also the Affordable Care Act," Dreith said.

Others said the potential addition of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would pose threats to voting rights, LGBTQ protection, racial equality and protection for all faiths.

"His opinions on Roe v. Wade, his opinions on Affordable Care, his opinions on gun rights and immigration will undo years and years and years of good, strong, fair opinions by the courts," said Ellen Alper, executive director of the National Council of Jewish Women.

Another speaker during the demonstration included Denise Lieberman with the Advancement Project, who said, "This Supreme Court nomination has the opportunity to shape the state of voting rights for years to come. History shows the harms of a court that fails to uphold the bedrock principle of Equal Protection Under Law."

The coalition is calling on Missourians to urge U.S. Senators McCaskill and Blunt to oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"There's just too much at stake not to question the validity of this appointment," concluded Litz.