What Trump's Supreme Court nominee has said on abortion

What Trump's Supreme Court nominee has said on abortion

What Trump's Supreme Court nominee has said on abortion

A partisan divide over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh deepened Wednesday, with Republican senators extolling his judicial record while Democrats demanded time to thoroughly vet his writings and opinions on matters ranging from environmental regulation to executive authority.

Kavanaugh still lives in the D.C. area, raising his kids in the Maryland suburbs just miles from the White House.

Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with opposition Democrats, said Kavanaugh would serve as a "rubber-stamp for an extreme, right-wing agenda pushed by corporations and billionaires". If confirmed, he would replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Kavanaugh once clerked.

In October 2013, Judge Brett Kavanaugh delivered the Sumner Canary Memorial Lecture at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (L) makes brief remarks before meeting with Judge Brett Kavanaugh (R) in McConnell's office in the US Capitol, in Washington, DC, on July 10, 2018. McConnell was wary of Democratic attempts to use that as a tactic to string out or delay the confirmation process - one Republicans want completed in September, aides say. It's unclear what evidence there is for that, other than Trump's promise to appoint anti-abortion judges. Susan Collins of ME - said she needs more information before she knows whether Kavanaugh would uphold the Supreme Court's decision on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling affirming the legality of a woman's right to have an abortion under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

Take the issue of abortion, which was a key issue in Jones' upset victory and it's gearing up as a key issue in Kavanaugh's impending nomination.

At the White House Monday, Kavanaugh invoked the value of legal precedent again, saying, "a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent".

Donnelly is one of the most vulnerable red-state Democrats, so he may not be able to afford separating himself from Trump on such a consequential vote.

The focus is on GOP Sens. Susan Collins, of ME, a supporter of abortion rights who represents a mostly blue state - ME is able to split its electoral college votes, with one district consistently blue and the second a battleground.

In his dissent, he suggested that the government should be given time to find a sponsor for the 17-year-old immigrant before such an important decision is made.

Conservative groups, meanwhile, have praised Kavanaugh. "We who believe that a woman has the right to make her own medical decisions, we now must fight!"

After President Donald Trump's administration barred an undocumented minor from terminating her pregnancy, the American Civil Liberties Union sued on her behalf. "Every Democrat voted against repeal of the ACA". Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - "to once again vote across the aisle for their own sake to keep their Senate seats".

These comments should ring alarm bells given that the president is now under legal investigation, while his executive orders are being challenged in court.

Before he was a judge, he ran an investigation into the death of a deputy adviser to President Bill Clinton.

"[The president's] supporters will get to hear all about Kavanaugh and determine whether his opinions align with their firmly held beliefs", he writes.

That line of thinking would be useful to Trump, who is unlikely to face impeachment so long as Republicans control Congress.

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