On Sunday, Professor Christine Blasey Ford spoke out publicly for the first time about her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh is a D.C. Circuit Judge who ruled against allowing a young immigrant woman to access abortion care and supports allowing employers to interfere with their employees’ access to birth control.
In response, Dr. Meera Shah, fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health, issued the following response:
“As a medical professional, I have seen the long-term mental and physical health effects of sexual violence. It’s a pervasive public health issue that disproportionately impacts women and their ability to thrive, and allegations must be taken seriously. Coming forward to accuse someone can often be retraumatizing, so it is also imperative that Christine Blasey Ford be treated with the respect and dignity that all survivors deserve.
“It is also imperative that Christine Blasey Ford be treated with the respect and dignity that all survivors deserve.”
“Brett Kavanaugh has already proven that he is unfit for an appointment to the Supreme Court, or any court. He places ideology before the law and shows a deep lack of respect for the fundamental rights of women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, and LGBTQIA individuals. The allegation of sexual assault makes it absolutely necessary for the Senate to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.”