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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


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.

For over 50 years, Reproductive Freedom for All (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice America) has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for everybody. Reproductive Freedom for All is powered by its more than 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.