As this morning’s edition of the Weekly Briefing argues, the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court must be resisted. In area after area, a Justice Kavanaugh would transform a conservative Supreme Court into a truly reactionary Supreme Court.
If there is an area of law in which this change would be most clearly crystallized, however, it’s obviously around the issue of reproductive freedom. As Tara Romano of NARAL Pro-Choice NC explained in statement last night:
“After near constant promises that he would only appoint Supreme Court nominees that would overturn and gut Roe v. Wade and criminalize abortion, President Trump has held true to that promise with the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh recently argued that a young woman, despite meeting all of Texas’ burdensome requirements to obtain an abortion, should not be able to do so. He has also been a long-time conservative activist working to elect anti-choice politicians.
We have to assume that Kavanaugh was chosen because he lives up to Trump’s litmus test and will be a vote to end Roe v. Wade, criminalize abortion and punish women. If this is not the case, it is up to Judge Kavanaugh to prove to the American people that he will not be a rubber stamp for the President’s agenda and will proactively protect abortion access. Now is the time for Senators Burr and Tillis to stand up for the personal liberty of all to make the reproductive health decisions that are right for them. It’s also time for them to accurately represent the 7 in 10 North Carolinians who support safe and legal abortion access.”
President Trump himself has promised over and over again to appoint Supreme Court justices who will work to overturn Roe v. Wade, criminalizing patients and medical professionals in the process. During the first year with another Trump Supreme Court pick – Neil Gorsuch – we have already seen court decisions that disregard established precedent, and demonstrate an inclination to roll back hard fought civil, reproductive and workers’ rights. We have little reason to believe this nominee won’t follow the same activist path.”
Stay tuned to NC Policy Watch for further updates on the battle over the Kavanaugh nomination.