A statement by Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority:
“Christine Blasey Ford has said that she is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning the allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. We unequivocally support her right to do so, and demand that Chairman Chuck Grassley delay Thursday’s vote on Kavanaugh and hold a hearing to allow Professor Ford to share her truth. All survivors deserve to be heard, believed, and respected.
The Senate majority has rushed through Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings with breakneck speed. If they fail to extend even this basic courtesy to Christine Blasey Ford, they are further weakening the transparency of our democracy and dismissing the experiences of survivors of sexual violence.
Christine Blasey Ford asked for confidentiality. Instead she was forced into the most unwanted of spotlights and asked to share with the world one of the most traumatic experiences of her life. The Feminist Majority, and millions of women across the country, applaud and are inspired by Professor Ford’s courage. We will not forget how our elected officials choose to respond.”