Meet Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

Posted on July 10, 2018

Originally appearing online with Refinery29
July 9, 2018
Author: Andrea Gonzalez-Ramirez

nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Meet Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who if confirmed will replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, the moderate conservative who is set to retire at the end of the month.

nomination of Merrick Garland — President Obama’s moderate pick to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia — for 293 days arguing that it was an election year.

Kavanaugh currently serves on the District of Columbia’s U.S. Court of Appeals. The Yale graduate worked under Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who led the investigation against President Bill Clinton. He was one of the lead authors of the infamous Starr Report. Kavanaugh also worked in the solicitor general’s office during the George H.W. Bush administration and clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy. He was nominated to the D.C. circuit in 2006.

Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that allowed women to choose a legal and safe abortion.

Trump’s campaign promises is to appoint anti-abortion judges that could reverse the case, which could lead to abortion being illegal once again in the U.S. According to the White House, Trump didn’t discuss past cases in his meetings with potential nominees last week. But that point is moot since the president’s shortlist of potential nominees was created in conjunction with the Federalist Society, an anti-abortion and conservative legal organization.

undocumented teenager could obtain an abortion after weeks of being blocked by the Trump administration. Kavanaugh, who is Catholic, wrote in his dissent that the court was giving a new right to “unlawful immigrant minors” to obtain an “immediate abortion on demand.” Reproductive justice advocates that the phrase “abortion on demand” is part of coded language signaling that Kavanaugh might support overturning Roe v. Wade.

his 2006 confirmation hearing, however, Kavanaugh promised to “follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully. That would be binding precedent of the Court. It’s been decided by the Supreme Court.”

by the National Security Agency (NSA) and arguing that sitting presidents should be exempted from civil suits and criminal prosecution.

“too moderate” because of previous decisions on the topic of religious liberty and the Affordable Care Act.

In a statement provided to Refinery29, the Independent Women’s Forum legal fellow Erin Hawley celebrated the decision.

“By nominating D. C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump has fulfilled his pledge to put forward a judge who has demonstrated his commitment to the Constitution,” she said. “Judge Kavanaugh believes in judicial humility and the separation of powers. He has been a staunch defender of religious liberty and believes that the role of federal judges is limited to interpreting and applying federal law and the Constitution, and that it is up to the people, through their representatives, to make the law. The Senate should work quickly to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”

But reproductive rights advocates voice their opposition to the nomination. In a statement provided to Refinery29, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said Kavanaugh could potentially put access to safe and legal abortion at risk.

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