Kavanaugh’s Neighbors Care About Abortion Rights – But Not Enough To Be Inconvenienced

_Kavanaugh's Neighbors Care About Abortion Rights - But Not Enough To Be Inconvenienced

When Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lived in the upscale Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington, D.C., most of his neighbors didn’t even know he was there.

When the Washington Post published an article about the fact that most people in Kavanaugh’s hometown didn’t want to talk about him, it was met with outrage and scorn from progressives, who demanded that more of Kavanaugh’s neighbors be interviewed.

How easy is it to get an abortion near Brett Kavanaugh?

Getting an abortion in Maryland is a relatively straightforward process. State law requires the consent of one parent, but can be waived by a judge. So while it may take up to a few weeks to get through the parental consent step, it takes less than an hour to complete the actual procedure. Patients typically travel around 5 miles from home for their appointments and then return in time for dinner.

It would seem that this wouldn’t be difficult for Judge Kavanaugh’s neighbors, as he lives about six miles away from both Planned Parenthood clinics that offer abortions in Montgomery County, MD and Bethesda Medical Clinic that offers abortions in Bethesda, MD–it only takes about 30 minutes for patients to make their way there from his neighborhood!

How many people live in the neighborhood near Brett Kavanaugh?

A few of the homes on Kavanaugh’s block are for sale. Others have For Rent signs out front. These may not be a coincidence.

One woman interviewed by the Huffington Post said she started looking for a new place to live in anticipation of Kavanaugh moving in, because she knew the eyes of the world would be riveted on his house. There is no evidence that any neighbors actually complained about Kavanaugh, but some may have been concerned about how much attention he would receive when living in such close proximity to Capitol Hill.

And how many of them are women?

Eighty-six percent of women have an abortion. Kavanaugh was reported to have thrown ice on a group of them when he was a young man. That act alone, in isolation, should be enough to disqualify him from a Supreme Court nomination.

What we can’t ignore is that the Senate majority has already shown they don’t give a damn about women, especially not enough to be even mildly inconvenienced. The men who make up the Senate are complicit in whatever harm happens as long as it suits their own interests and how they do what they please without being held accountable for anything.

What’s it like for women who want abortions but can’t afford them?

It’s a feeling, she said, of having this thing inside me that I can’t control, that takes over my life. While having an abortion is one choice among many — and not always the right one for every woman — it should be a basic right available to all Americans. And, in fact, it was when Roe v. Wade passed in 1973. What would Brett Kavanaugh do to women who can’t afford an abortion?

Yet after more than 40 years of abortion being legal, it is still not a right for all women. Many who can’t afford to pay out of pocket for an abortion have no choice but to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. Anti-abortion legislatures have made it so that 80 percent of counties in America don’t have a single abortion provider. What would Brett Kavanaugh do to women who can’t afford an abortion?

The Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade: The upcoming nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh has put Roe v. Wade back into debate; now, Americans are concerned about what could happen if he were confirmed as a Supreme Court justice and given the opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade.

What does it say about this country that we can’t make sure every woman can access her constitutional right to an abortion?

Kavanagh’s confirmation hearing was dominated by the issue of abortion rights, which have never been more urgent. One thing that became apparent in the hearing is that abortion rights are not just an issue for people who don’t want to be pregnant but for anyone who wants to live as a full citizen in this country.

Fortunately, organizations such as NARAL and other allies are fighting for our constitutional right. They continue to do everything they can to mobilize voters to vote pro-choice and protect abortion access now and in the future, but it shouldn’t be their responsibility–and it would be hard enough even if they were winning.

What do the residents think of their new neighbor?

A woman in the neighborhood who wished to remain anonymous shared her thoughts on Kavanaugh’s appointment, He has spent his career restricting women’s access to abortion. That is a terrifying thing, especially when we have so few rights. she said. The people who live here will be impacted the most, but nobody seems to care.

She fears that because of Kavanaugh, the United States will begin to adopt Ireland as their model for what a good society should look like. One law that Ireland is adopting and many other states are proposing is total criminalization of abortions except in cases where a mother would die or suffer permanent injury without it.

Residents also explained how they were not opposed to having him as their neighbor, but they just did not want it at all costs either.

Who was invited and who wasn’t?

In the invitation to their September 7 neighborhood discussion on Roe v. Wade, Brett Kavanaugh’s neighbors were assured that it would be a very civil and respectful discourse. . . except for pro-choice advocates like myself who apparently need not attend because the outcome is inevitable.

I decided to invite myself along. I thought that he would want me there—if not because of any concern for my rights, then as an acknowledgement of our proximity. Who else lives between him and Planned Parenthood?

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