October 5, 2018 – Like so many others who trust women, the staff at Lady Parts Justice (LPJ) exhaled momentarily with last Friday’s announcement that the FBI would reopen a background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid multiple allegations of sexual assault. We believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick. It is disheartening to hear today that that investigation has already come to a close. This investigation should not have been rushed and we implore the FBI to interview all three of the women who have made claims against Kavanaugh and to interview the man in question — Judge Kavanaugh!
Lady Parts Justice is offended and outraged by the FBI’s quickie investigation that feels more like a backroom handjob, led by Trump, that glossed over harrowing details instead of flushing them out. A serious probe into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and rape is required and this necessitates more than five days of work and more than an “investigation” that did not respond to interview requests from more than 25 people including the questioning of Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh.
The confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would not only be devastating to reproductive rights, putting Roe v. Wade in the crosshairs, but it would give an alleged sexual predator and admitted drunk the privilege of creating and abolishing law while sitting on the highest court in this country. LPJ believes that reproductive freedom begins with women having bodily autonomy and the right to choose. We call on the FBI to not rush and to be thorough in their investigation. We also demand that Judge Kavanaugh withdraw from his nomination.
In response to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination LPJ’s Chief Creative Office, Lizz Winstead, states:
“Even before these allegations of sexual misconduct, Brett Kavanaugh has shown he does not follow the tenets of Roe v. Wade as displayed by his 9th Circuit dissenting opinion concerning a young undocumented minor seeking an abortion. He is bad for women, immigrants, and democracy. We already have one alleged sexual predator on the court, which is one too many. Adding another should not even be remotely an option, yet here we are.”
About the FBI investigation, Winstead says:
“It is not a fact finding mission when the investigators are being forced by a puppet master to search for evidence that benefits his desired outcome. It’s like asking a fox to investigate the death of the chickens.”
ABOUT LADY PARTS JUSTICE
Lady Parts Justice is the first not safe for work, rapid response reproductive rights messaging hub that uses comedy, culture and digital media to sound an alarm on the terrifying erosion of reproductive access so people will get off their asses and reclaim their rights. Co-Founded by Daily Show Co-Creator Lizz Winstead, LPJ incorporates humor to talk about reproductive rights while also dropping some knowledge and activism into our pop culture and social lives, inspiring folks who have not been active in the feminist and reproductive rights movements to get on board. Known for their hilariously engaging videos, in 2015 LPJ went high-tech and launched Hinder, an exciting app that helps followers keep track of all the unhinged anti-abortion zealots right in the palm of their hands! In 2016, LPJ premiered to critical acclaim “The Golden Probes,” a satirical awards show and fundraiser honoring outstanding achievement in sexism and anti-choice extremism.
The name Lady Parts is an homage to Lisa Brown, a former Michigan state rep who when in office was banned from the statehouse floor for using the word vagina when arguing against a transvaginal ultrasound bill. When she asked what she should say they suggested something less provocative like “lady parts.” The offensive nature of men uncomfortable with the word vagina, but perfectly comfortable legislating it, inspired both the name and mission of this groundbreaking reproductive rights organization. Lady Parts Justice is committed to diversity by creating content that fosters a multicultural, inclusive experience within the reproductive rights movement.
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