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Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford came forward partially to protect abortion rights, her attorney says


That's not what she said at the time

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Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault before his confirmation, was partially motivated to come forward because of her opposition to Kavanaugh's stance on abortion, according to her attorney.

The attorney, Debra Katz, made the revelation in a video obtained by The Daily Caller. Her comments were first reported by Ryan Lovelace, author of the upcoming book "Search and Destroy: Inside the Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh." Katz represented Ford when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Katz was speaking in April at the University of Baltimore's 11th Feminist Legal Theory Conference when she said the following:

In the aftermath of these hearings, I believe that Christine's testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the court. We were going to have a conservative [justice] ... elections have consequences, but he will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him, and that is important; it is important that we know, and that is part of what motivated Christine.

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A common fear expressed by opponents of Kavanaugh's confirmation was the belief that he would allow the conservative-leaning court to overturn Roe v. Wade and dismantle federal abortion rights.

At the time her accusation became public, in September 2018, Ford said she felt she needed to come forward out of a sense of "civic responsibility."

Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings were much less about his credentials as a judge, and primarily about his character and alleged behavior as a high school and college student. Despite Ford's accusation, and several other unsubstantiated allegations, Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate last year.

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