Lambda Legal to Justice Kavanaugh: Not in Our Name

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Lambda Legal reacts to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s dangerous suggestion that landmark LGBTQ cases support overturning abortion rights
December 1, 2021

This morning, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that has the potential to directly or effectively overturn landmark precedent protecting the right to access abortion, as recognized by Roe v. Wade and reaffirmed in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. During argument, Justice Brett Kavanaugh suggested that the decisions in Lawrence v. Texas, which decriminalized private sexual intimacy between same-sex couples, and Obergefell v. Hodges, which struck down remaining bans on the freedom of same-sex couples to marry, justify overturning Roe and Casey. 

Lambda Legal Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director, Sharon McGowan issued the following statement:

“During today’s argument, Justice Kavanaugh suggested that two key Supreme Court decisions protecting LGBTQ civil rights—Lawrence v. Texas and Obergefell v. Hodges—support overruling Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. To that we say, NOT IN OUR NAME. LGBTQ people need abortions. Just as important, those landmark LGBTQ decisions EXPANDED individual liberty, not the opposite. They reflected the growing societal understanding of our common humanity and equality under law. Just as the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education rejected the lie of ‘separate but equal,’ the Supreme Court’s decisions in Lawrence and Obergefell appropriately overruled precedent where it was clear that, as was true with regard to race, our ancestors failed properly to acknowledge that gender and sexual orientation must not be barriers to our ability to live, love, and thrive free of governmental oppression. Abortion rights are essential not only because abortion is basic healthcare, but because without access to abortion, people who need that healthcare cannot determine the course of their own lives and participate equally in society. They cannot decide how to structure their families, protect their own health, determine their educational and financial futures, and secure the futures of existing children. These landmark LGBTQ cases, which Lambda Legal litigated and won, and on which we rely today to protect our community’s civil rights, were built directly on the foundation of Casey and Roe. Our interests in equal dignity, autonomy, and liberty are shared, intertwined, and fundamental.” 

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Graciela González, Cell: 312-545-8140; Email: ggonzalez@lambdalegal.org

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