September 13, 2018
U.S. Senator Susan Collins
413 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Collins,
On June 16, 2017, Women Winning, Minnesota’s largest multi-partisan women’s political organization, was proud to welcome you to Minnesota as the keynote speaker at our 35th Annual Luncheon. Less than six months after Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States, you spoke with conviction to nearly 1,000 of our most committed members about the importance of a woman’s right to choose and protecting access to reproductive health care.
In your remarks, you stated, “our pro-choice movement must have a big tent that can accommodate a broad spectrum of political views, united in the determination to protect reproductive rights…Reproductive rights are too important an issue to be at the mercy of changing political times. We are here today because we believe we’re talking about fundamental rights for women to make their own choice. And we are committed to preserving the right to choose.”
Your message at our Annual Luncheon was met with an enthusiastic standing ovation. We hope that we will be able to applaud you again when your upcoming vote reflects your words, when you stand up for choice and vote against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court.
It has been clear from the beginning that the Trump/Pence administration is hostile to women’s reproductive freedom. In 2016, Donald Trump promised to nominate to the highest court only those who will overturn Roe vs. Wade and Mike Pence declared that if Donald Trump became president, Roe will be “consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs.”
Judge Kavanaugh’s own writings and remarks demonstrate that President Trump and Vice President Pence are following through on their commitment to nominating anti-choice justices. Judge Kavanaugh praised Justice William Rehnquist’s dissent in Roe vs. Wade and several now-public documents show that Kavanaugh does not, in fact, believe Roe to be settled law. Most recently, he referred to contraception as “abortion-inducing drugs” – a frequently used dog-whistle to anti-choice extremists.
Senator Collins, we call on you to publicly commit to voting against Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation and to strongly encourage your colleagues to do the same. Reproductive freedom – which ensures dignity, equality, and self-determination for women – is on the line.
Interim Executive Director, Women Winning
Chair of the Board of Directors, Women Winning