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October 5, 2018 / Press Releases

Senator Collins Turns Her Back on Women in Maine and Across the Country

Sen. Collins Votes to Confirm Kavanaugh, Betrays Women, and Mainers Will Not Forget

For Immediate Release: October 5, 2018
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After Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) announced she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement:

“Senator Collins may claim to be pro-choice and an ally to women, but this vote will now be her legacy. She has claimed to support women and our fundamental freedoms, but now we know she will throw our rights, our lives, and our well-being under the bus when given the chance. Kavanaugh is hostile to women and has a clear anti-choice record, has lied under oath, and been accused of sexual assault by three women. These are not the values of Mainers, and supporting his confirmation is a grave disregard for the integrity of the Supreme Court, our democratic values, and Senator Collins’ responsibility to the people of Maine. Today, Senator Collins betrayed women in Maine and all across America. We will never forget it, not today and not in 2020 when Maine voters will elect someone who will actually fight for Maine women and families.”

Senator Collins previously claimed to be an ally to women, including survivors. She has taken a stand on behalf of women before, including publicly condemning sexual assault, but today she didn’t stay true to her word. Kavanaugh is a surefire vote to gut Roe v. Wade, criminalize abortion, and punish women. Senator Collins’ vote today means we will go back to a time where abortion is illegal and the number of deaths and injuries to women go up.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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