Post submitted by former Editorial Producer, Print and Digital Media Rokia Hassanein
It has recently been reported that while in private practice Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh defended a company accused failing to provide adequate care to Alabama prison inmates living with HIV, according to a recent report from American Ledger. The report noted that the prison withheld life-saving treatment for prisoners, prescribing less effective, cheaper drugs despite the availability of more advanced drugs.
HRC’s Government Affairs Director David Stacy said that this further emphasizes the need for the U.S. Senate to reject Kavanaugh’s nomination.
“We recognize that while in private practice attorneys are tasked with representing their client. However, we also recognize that attorneys do exercise some control in the cases they select. Kavanaugh’s apparent willingness to lend his expertise to a company accused of deliberately depriving prisoners living with HIV of necessary, available treatment reveals a troubling set of values. This decision solidifies our concern that Judge Kavanaugh does not share Justice Kennedy’s belief in the shared humanity and equality dignity of all people, including those living with HIV. Stacy said. “The American people deserve a fair-minded jurist. The Senate needs to reject this nomination.”
HIV disproportionately impacts segments of the LGBTQ community and Kavanaugh’s overall record indicates he would rule against LGBTQ progress.
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