Dear MoveOn member,
Red alert: Donald Trump just nominated Brett Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old, far-right conservative, for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Trump has said that his nominee would "automatically" overturn Roe v. Wade—which would end legal abortion for millions of women and criminalize women and doctors in a radical rollback of women's basic rights and equality.1 Already, the lawsuits intended to overturn Roe are moving through the lower courts.2
But Kavanaugh's confirmation is NOT a foregone conclusion. The Senate is very closely divided, 49 Democrats to 51 Republicans, and two Republican women, Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, both say they support the right to safe, legal abortion.
If there were ever a time to take a stand and fight back, it's now. Eddie, will you chip in $3 to MoveOn's emergency campaign to defeat Trump's Supreme Court nominee?
In addition to access to safe and legal abortion, so much is on the line, from marriage equality and affirmative action to open and fair elections and reining in the power of corporations. And Kavanaugh apparently thinks Trump is above the law.3
Let's be clear: There should not be another conservative Republican on the Supreme Court. We cannot allow it to happen. Republicans stole a Supreme Court seat when they refused to consider President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland. And Trump does not deserve to nominate a second Supreme Court justice who may well preside over a case stemming from the ongoing Russia investigation.
Democrats in the Senate should be waging an all-out fight for this all-important seat. But, stunningly, Democrats are not yet unified in opposing Trump's nominee, and Senators Collins and Murkowski are saying they won't even ask Kavanaugh whether he will would vote to overturn Roe.4,5 That's unacceptable.
The good news is that we know that in fights like this one, intense grassroots pressure can work. Our relentless campaigning last year helped convince Republican Senators Collins and Murkowski to save the Affordable Care Act. And we're experts at pushing Democrats to do what's right.
We urgently need your help to pressure Democrats to stand together to oppose Trump's nominee—and to convince Senators Collins and Murkowski to stand behind their beliefs. But they're only going to do it if we're in the streets, making it crystal clear just how much is at stake.
To win, we will need to muster every ounce of the Resistance's energy—just as we did one year ago when we succeeded in stopping the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, though the odds were stacked against us then just as they are now.
We will not turn back the clock two generations on women's basic rights.
We will not go back to the days of back-alley abortions and coat hangers.
The time is now to stop an already conservative Supreme Court from lurching much farther to the right, taking away our basic rights—for decades to come.
Thanks for all you do.
–Emily, Gabby, Milan, Ilya, and the rest of the team
1. "The presidential debates haven't asked any direct questions about abortion—until now," Vox, October 19, 2016
2. "The plan to overturn Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court is already in motion," CNN, June 29, 2018
3. "Separation of Powers During the Forty Fourth Presidency and Beyond," Brett M. Kavanaugh, January, 2012
4. "Red State Democrats In Hot Seat Over Trump's Supreme Court Pick," HuffPost, July 9, 2018
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