Pro-life conservatives have mixed feelings about President Trump’s nomination of D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Associate Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
This will be Trump’s second appointment of a Supreme Court justice. After Trump was inaugurated in January 2017, he nominated Neil Gorsuch—of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals—to replace the deceased Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate on April 7, 2017.
Kennedy’s announced retirement (effective July 31) has terrified liberals and thrilled conservatives. Liberals fear that Kennedy’s replacement will join with justices Thomas, Roberts, Gorsuch, and Alito in overturning the infamous Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade (1973) that federalized abortion on demand. Conservatives anticipate that Kennedy’s replacement will do so.
Or at least they did until Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh.
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Liberals are still very much afraid. Nancy Pelosi warned that Kavanaugh could destroy Roe v. Wade and women’s rights. Former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards stated: “The balance of the Supreme Court is at stake. We cannot allow it to be tilted against the constitutional right to abortion. The rights and health of generations of people are at stake.”
Conservatives are somewhat disappointed in Kavanaugh, especially because of what he said about Roe v. Wade at his 2006 confirmation hearing after being selected to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Kavanaugh was asked by Sen. Chuck Schumer: “Do you consider Roe v. Wade to be an abomination?” He replied: “If confirmed to the D.C. Circuit, I would…