A Review of Dr. Christine Ford’s Testimony Against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh
In moments that had shocked the world to its very core, Dr. Christine Blasely Ford, a psychology professor in Palo Alto, accused Supreme Court Judge nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her when they were both in high school in the early 1980s. The accusation became the one, last saving grace for protestors, women, and Democrats alike. It also wasn’t the first time history had taken such a turn.
In 1991, Anita Hill, a law professor, also accused then-nominated Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas of sexual assaulting her while working with him.
Both trials took on an eerily similar tone, as protests covered the grounds outside the White House, and both Hill and Dr. Ford struggled, even with the most credibility, to establish a footing inside the court house.
People around the world watched with bated breath for the results of the hearing. If Kavanaugh’s confirmation did not pass, it would be a defining moment in history for the #MeToo movement. If his confirmation did pass, it would be yet again another moment in history where women’s bodies are not valued or protected
Dr. Ford was also one of the major roadblocks stalling the confirmation of a conservative vote that would likely overturn Roe v. Wade, which protects abortion rights and has been one of the sources of a long-running debate between liberals and conservatives.
Days after their testimonies, a FBI investigation was finally launched. However, even those hopes were dashed when Democrat Senators realized the investigation was incomplete, as the FBI had not talked to Dr.Ford or the multiple, credible witnesses that would have corroborated with her story. As a result, Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court bench was confirmed by a 50-48 vote in the Senate. On October 6, 2018, the same day of the Senate vote, he was sworn in as judge and history unwittingly found itself in the deep end once again.