Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

WashU Expert: Trump's Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade

WashU Expert: Trump's Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade

The announcement, made before the identity of President Donald Trump's latest judicial nominee was revealed, said the measure was a safeguard against "an extreme conservative Supreme Court Justice who could roll back advancements in reproductive health care".

Kavanaugh, a conservative judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, has the support of anti-abortion groups and could play a key role in attempts to limit or overturn the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade case, as a number of abortion cases make their way through the lower courts. He's pushing for the passage of the Reproductive Health Act, which shifts language for abortions from the state's penal code to the public health law, changes abortion's status as an exception to homicide and allows abortions in the third trimester of a pregnancy under certain circumstances. So, I thought the Roe v. Wade issue would more follow that trajectory.

"This is really a non-issue in NY, but the governor has been acting like a chicken without a head, yelling, 'The sky is falling!", Michael Long, veteran chairman of the state Conservative Party, told CNHI.

For Hogue and others, Kavanaugh was too much of a potential threat to abortion access in the United States. "But candidates in primaries are going to hope it motivates their particular base to come to the polls and vote for them".

Bash repeatedly pressed Pence on Trump's campaign-era promises that his administration's Supreme Court nominees would oppose Roe.

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If confirmed, Kavanaugh would make the high court solidly conservative. Before he was elected the Prez said he expects Roe v. Wade to be rolled back because he planned to appoint judges who are anti-abortion.

Some critics, like NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue, pointed to Kavanaugh's decision in 2017 involving an undocumented teenage immigrant who sought an abortion while in federal custody. In some states, abortion would still be on-demand and paid for by the government. "I find it hard to think that [Chief Justice] Roberts - who has a more long-term view of the arc of the court and a desire to preserve its institutional role - would facially overrule Roe".

Some of the Supreme Court's most important rulings, such as Roe v. Wade, were upheld by a 5-4 majority.

"We look forward to seeing Roe overturned and abortion ended in this country, although we know that the needs of women and children will remain", said Godsey. The known states to have implemented such "trigger" laws are Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota, with another dozen or so states having pre-Roe abortion bans still on the books ready to re-enact if it is federally overturned. "And so the question is whether Kavanaugh, if he's confirmed, replaces him as that justice who's perhaps more in the middle".

"I do not think it particularly likely that Roe (and Casey) are likely to be overturned based on this one appointment", Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School and constitutional expert told Business Insider in June.

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