Gov. Kate Brown is joining with Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Democratic members of Oregon's congressional delegation to condemn U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"There are credible and serious allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and there needs to be a credible and serious process, rather than something where you just ram this thing through and say, 'Gee, I guess we're too busy, for example, to even listen to witness!'" said Sen. Ron Wyden.
At a Planned Parenthood rally and news conference Thursday in Portland, the group urged voters to insist on an investigation into decades-old allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh before moving forward.
"This hearing, without an investigation, should not happen and a vote, without a full investigation and a full hearing and exploration, must not happen," said Sen. Jeff Merkley
Speakers -- including U.S. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer -- told attendees that Kavanaugh's successful nomination could threaten a woman's right to an abortion even in a liberal state like Oregon.
"This appointment could have severe implications for women, for the right of women to choose when and if to have a child. So thank you to the senators who are asking those tough questions. Thank you to everyone who's calling for an investigation." said Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, speaking to those in attendance at the rally.
Kavanaugh has been accused by Christine Blasey Ford, a California college professor, of sexually assaulting Ford at a party in the 1980s in a Maryland suburb of Washington.