APHA highlights public health impact of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s positions; opposes his pending confirmation

Date: Jul 26 2018

Contact: Megan Lowry, 202-777-3913

Washington, D.C., July 26, 2018 – The American Public Health Association released an assessment today highlighting several of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's key public health-related decisions and positions. In a cover letter addressed to leadership of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, APHA expressed its opposition to the pending confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh as a U.S. Supreme Court justice based on known decisions and positions reviewed in the background document.

The cover letter stated, "The next appointed justice to the Supreme Court will likely play a pivotal role in the outcome of important decisions related to critical public health issues that come before the court, and as such their judicial record should be rigorously examined. We are deeply concerned by many of Judge Kavanaugh's views and previous decisions related to public health.

APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, added, "We intend for this document to be a resource for senators, APHA members and the general public as they consider the public health implications of Judge Kavanaugh's record, if he were to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. His pending confirmation is about more than a short list of hot-button issues, but the long-term impact that his legal views will have on laws affecting the environment, access to care, women's rights and other public health priorities."

The APHA assessment outlines Judge Kavanaugh’s positions and rulings on key public health issues including those that threaten the Affordable Care Act, Clean Air Act protections, reproductive health care and efforts to prevent and reduce gun violence.

In the letter to senators, APHA urged committee members to question Judge Kavanaugh about his record and views on these critical issues as they meet with him both individually and during any Judiciary Committee hearings related to his pending confirmation.

The full assessment and cover letter are available to the public on apha.org.


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