FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2019
NEW DEMAND JUSTICE AD: COLLINS’ PROMISE THAT KAVANAUGH WOULD UPHOLD ROE WAS A ‘SHAM’
Digital Ad is Response to Kavanaugh’s Vote Thursday to Allow a Strict Anti-Abortion Law in Louisiana to Take Effect
WASHINGTON, DC—Demand Justice released a new digital ad in Maine Saturday that contrasts Senator Susan Collins’ insistence that Brett Kavanaugh would respect Roe v. Wadeas settled precedent with Kavanaugh’s vote in favor of allowing an extreme anti-abortion law in Louisiana to take effect, in defiance of a 2016 Supreme Court ruling on an identical Texas law.
“Collins promised to protect women’s rights. It was all a sham. We won’t forget,” the ad says.
The spot harkens back to Kavanaugh’s confirmation process with a clip of Collins shaking hands with Kavanaugh and a quote in which she explicitly states that she does not believe Kavanaugh will repeal Roe because he claimed it was settled law. The ad then highlights Kavanaugh’s vote in the Louisiana abortion law case, the Court’s first major reproductive rights case since Kavanaugh became a justice, and calls out Collins for her sham of a promise to protect women’s rights.
The spot ends with a clip of CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin predicting that “this is the beginning of the end for Roe v. Wade.”
In addition to this video ad, Demand Justice is also running static Facebook ads reminding Mainers of Collins’ vote for Kavanaugh. The five-figure buy will run over multiple weeks, and is part of a sustained effort Demand Justice will mount to hold Collins accountable for supporting Kavanaugh.
A transcript of the digital ad appears below.
REMEMBER WHEN SUSAN COLLINS VOTED FOR BRETT KAVANAUGH?
CLIP OF SUSAN COLLINS: “I do not believe he is going to repeal Roe v. Wade. … He said that it was settled law.”
4 MONTHS LATER
CLIP OF TODAY SHOW’S HODA KOTB: “The Supreme Court has weighed in on its most significant abortion case since conservative Brett Kavanaugh joined the Court.”
CLIP OF LOCAL NEWS: “The Louisiana law … would force two of the states three abortion clinics to close.”
CLIP OF CBS EARLY SHOW: “Justice Kavanaugh wrote separately to say he would allow the [anti-abortion] law to take effect for now.”
COLLINS PROMISED TO PROTECT WOMEN’S RIGHTS
IT WAS ALL A SHAM
CLIP OF CNN’S JEFFREY TOOBIN: “I think this is the beginning of the end of Roe v. Wade.”
WE WON’T FORGET
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