In a surprise move on Saturday, Taylor Swift endorsed former Tenn. Gov. Phil Breseden for the U.S. Senate against Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn. Swift even stated in her Instagram post that Blackburn’s “voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.”
Terrified and confused, I asked if they had a warrant. “We don’t need a warrant,” they said. “This is a Congressional subpoena.” I opened the door to two plainclothes U.S. Marshals, who handed me an official subpoena signed by Chairwoman Blackburn of the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives.
During my time in medical school at Duke, I won a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship to perform research at Stanford and study deadly congenital heart diseases in infants and young children. But Blackburn ideologically opposed my use of stem cells and fetal tissue to investigate ways to repair a baby’s heart. And she used her position as a Congresswoman to intimidate a medical student who knew nothing about politics.
None of us should underestimate the power of one woman’s voice.
It is absolutely game-changing for a celebrity of Swift’s reach, especially in Tenn., to endorse local candidates like Phil Bredesen for the U.S. Senate, and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives. None of us should underestimate the power of one woman’s voice, especially in the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, and the heightened awareness all women now have about their fundamental rights and reproductive freedoms being placed in grave jeopardy.