Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court:
"With his nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, President Trump is attempting to advance a radical ideological shift of the Supreme Court that will threaten settled fundamental rights and challenge the right of every American to access affordable, high-quality health care.
"We know that the President has targeted the Affordable Care Act. He ordered his Justice Department to stop defending the Affordable Care Act. He ordered Republicans in Congress to do everything they could to weaken the law and drive up prices. And now he wants to use the third branch of government to finish the job.
"We know Judge Kavanaugh's record. If you have a pre-existing condition and benefit from those protections, your coverage is now at risk. Americans with disabilities, nursing mothers, and others who are covered by the ACA's basic protections are now at a greater risk of discrimination, skyrocketing costs, and loss of coverage.
"There is no longer a theoretical threat to Roe v. Wade. With this nominee, President Trump fulfilled his campaign promise of nominating justices who are hostile to women's reproductive rights. If confirmed, the conservative wing of the court--composed of five men--will be poised to strip women of the freedom to make their own health choices and control their own futures.
"If Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed, the Supreme Court could so severely weaken women's right to privacy that even access to basic contraception would be at stake.
"President Trump's decision to nominate Judge Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court means that important precedents that have moved America forward toward a more equal and just society could be shredded. The Senate now has the responsibility to protect Americans from an ideologically-driven nominee whose confirmation would create a Supreme Court bent on setting America decades back in time."