Kavanaugh Nomination Sparks Partisan Uproar On Abortion Rights

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2018

Now that President Trump has announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, people are taking a closer look at what Kavanaugh has said publicly about abortion rights.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Kavanaugh is a "superb" Supreme Court pick and that senators should "put partisanship aside" in considering him. I admire his dedication to the Constitution's structural protections for liberty, his steadfast defense of the rights of speech and religious conscience, and most notably his willingness to question the excesses of the regulatory state. He also says he is "deeply honored" to be nominated to fill the seat of Kennedy, for whom he clerked.

Kavanaugh's views on presidential power and abortion are expected to draw particular attention in his confirmation hearing. "What rings true? What rings false?'" His mother, a one-time school teacher would go on to become a trial judge. Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens.

Senate confirmation of Kavanaugh could create the most conservative court since the justices blocked a number of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs in the 1930s.

On the other side, Republicans will pressure Democrats in Trump-supporting states and who are in electoral contests during the mid-term elections to break from the party and vote for confirmation.

"Judge Kavanaugh has sterling academic credentials".

But conservatives perceive Kavanaugh's time as a Republican operative favorably, and his connections from years in the executive branch could serve to soothe Republicans ahead of what could very well be a confirmation fight.

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The New York Times reported over the weekend that McConnell advised Trump that Kavanaugh would be tougher to get through the Senate than other potential nominees such Raymond Kethledge or Thomas Hardiman. He also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

A large number of Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., immediately announced that they plan to vote against Kavanaugh.

"My introduction to the law came at our dinner table when she practiced her closing arguments", Kavanaugh said.

"Justice Kennedy's retirement makes the issue of Senate control one of the vital issues of our time", he told an audience in Fargo, N.D., last month.

Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, says it's "extremely disappointing" that some Democrats have made clear they'll oppose the nominee even before the president announces his choice.

Trump then introduced Kavanaugh, gesturing to this right, where a heavy wooden door swung open and Kavanaugh, his wife and two young daughters took the stage next to Trump.

When Kavanaugh was approved in 2006 to the USA appeals court, four Democratic senators voted in favor of him. The liberals' effort probably will focus on moderate GOP senators, such as Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who might be wary of adding a hard-line conservative and risking decades-old precedents such as Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973. Trump wants to leave an enduring mark on the court, giving it a solid five-justice conservative majority for the foreseeable future.

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