Shawano Area Women’s Network rallies against Kavanaugh

Group says judge a threat to women’s rights

Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Members of the Shawano Area Women’s Network displayed signs for passers-by at the Shawano County Courthouse Wednesday in defense of women’s rights and against the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

There was little turnout for a rally Tuesday organized by the Shawano Area Women’s Network to oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, but there appeared to be plenty of support for the message judging by the honking of car horns and thumbs-up signs from passers-by.

The group displayed anti-Kavanaugh signs Tuesday on Main Street outside the Shawano County Courthouse.

“We believe in women’s right,” said Jan Koch, who co-chairs the group with Tamzin Westcott.

“At our last meeting, we were upset about the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his stance on women’s right to choose and what might happen if his nomination is approved,” Koch said.

“We thought we should do something,” she said.

The group settled on a rally Tuesday to tie in with the anniversary of 9/11 “to show our patriotism as well as what we believe,” Koch said.

“Being a patriot is being able to voice your opinion and object when you feel things are wrong,” Westcott said. “Kavanaugh has a record of fighting women’s rights. He refers to birth-control pills as abortion pills.”

Kavanaugh called some forms of contraception “abortion-inducing” during his confirmation hearing.

“Women know their bodies,” Tamzin said. “A lot of our decisions were made by councils of men without a single woman on it. This just isn’t right. Women have to be able to speak for women.”

SAWN member Kathy Nodolf said the Kavanaugh nomination is not a partisan issue.

“This is a women’s issue,” she said.

Koch said SAWN is a non-partisan group.

“We just happen to have some issues that are shared more with Democrats than Republicans,” she said. “We’re for women and for what women believe in. We want to think about families and health care, education, environment — all what’s good for families. That’s what we’re about.”

Koch said the group was encouraging people to contact their senators regarding the Kavanaugh nomination, though she conceded the Wisconsin delegation’s votes were pretty much set.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin is expected to vote against Kavanaugh and Sen. Ron Johnson will almost certainly support him.

But Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine have both said they won’t support a Supreme Court nominee that would overturn Roe V. Wade.

Koch encouraged people to email or phone Murkowski's and Collins' offices, we as their Wisconsin senators.

“A lot of people don’t even know who Kavanaugh is,” Koch said. “They don’t realize that women’s rights are in jeopardy.”