President Trump has nominated conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy was the swing vote on the court when it comes to abortion, upholding Roe w. Wade.
This could be the most significant Supreme Court appointment in a generation, breathing new hope into the judicial fight to end legal abortion in the United States. Abortion supporters will stop at nothing to prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation—that’s why you need to convince your senators to confirm him.
Below are three actions you can take to support Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation—especially during the week of August 6th when Senators will be on recess in their home states.
Rally in support of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation at a Senator’s office
Nothing is more effective for prompting action by our elected representatives than rallying at their local offices. Simply set a date and time during the week of August 6 for your rally and get the word out to all your local pro-life and conservative contacts.
Signs and Banners: The Pro-Life Action League has designed signs and banners you can use for your rally in support of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Media: It’s important to alert the media about your rally plans. This confirmation battle will be a major news story in the coming weeks, and the media will be eager to cover the story with a local angle. For information on building a media list and submitting a press release see Earning good media coverage for your pro-life efforts.
Dealing with Counter-Protesters: Given the strong opposition to the Kavanaugh nomination from abortion supporters, it’s possible you will face counter-protestors at your rally. See Dealing with counter-protesters at your pro-life event.
Working with Police: Any time you hold a public rally or protest, the police may turn up. See Working with police at your pro-life event.
Documenting your Rally: Be sure to take pictures of your rally, and share them with the Pro-Life Action League, along with a brief account of what took place.
Attend a Town Hall held by your Senator
Many U.S. senators will be hosting town hall meetings or similar gatherings during the recess week of August 6th. These events offer a ideal opportunity to speak out and urge your senator to vote for Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
To find out if either of your senators will be hosting a town hall, keep an eye on the news, visit their website and Facebook page, or call the regional office nearest you for information (find contact information here).
Urge everyone in your pro-life network to call your Senators
Since Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination was announced, pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood have been constantly urging their supporters to call their senators, urging them to oppose his confirmation. We have to match this effort with our own grassroots campaign in support of Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
You can find your senators’ phone numbers here, and send them out to everyone in your network of pro-lifers in your state.
Talking Points on Confirming Kavanaugh
At a rally outside a senator’s office or at a town hall, you will have the opportunity to speak out in favor of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Our friends at the Susan B. Anthony List have provided some talking points to help you craft your remarks:
- President Trump has made another outstanding choice in nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, keeping his promise to nominate only originalist judges to the Court.
- Judge Kavanaugh is an experienced, principled jurist with a strong record of protecting life and constitutional rights, as evidenced by his opinions in Garza v. Hargan and Priests for Life v. HHS.
- In Garza v. Hargan, Kavanaugh forcefully rejected the ACLU’s assertion of a new constitutional right of abortion on demand for illegal immigrant minors in U.S. custody. Kavanaugh concluded that requiring the Trump Administration to assist the teenage immigrant in getting an abortion would fail to recognize the government’s “permissible interest in favoring fetal life, protecting the best interests of a minor, and refraining from facilitating abortion.”
- In Priests for Life v. HHS, Kavanaugh refused to apply Obamacare’s burdensome HHS abortifacient mandate to religious entities and was later vindicated by the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh wrote that the mandate regulations “substantially burden the religious organizations’ exercise of religion because the regulations require the organizations to take an action contrary to their sincere religious beliefs or else pay significant monetary penalties.”
- Judge Kavanaugh has served on the D.C. Circuit Court for more than a decade after being confirmed 53-36 by the Senate in 2006. Prior to his confirmation, Kavanaugh served President Bush both as staff secretary and as senior associate counsel to the president. His prior experience includes clerking for Justice Anthony Kennedy.
- Brett Kavanaugh is 53 years old. He and his wife Ashley have two daughters. He is Catholic and serves as a lector at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, D.C. He serves meals regularly as part of St. Maria Meals program at Catholic Charities and has tutored students at the Washington Jesuit Academy.
Additionally, polling results released by SBA List show that a majority of voters in battleground states want to see Judge Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court:
- 56% of Florida voters want Nelson to confirm the nominee.
- 56% of Indiana voters want Donnelly to confirm the nominee.
- 57% of Missouri voters want McCaskill to confirm the nominee.
- 68% of North Dakota voters want Heitkamp to confirm the nominee.
- 59% of West Virginia voters want Manchin to confirm the nominee.