Kavanaugh, Kavanope

Brett Kavanaugh was picked by President Donald Trump to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court of the U.S., the highest judicial institution. He faced the Senate Judiciary Committee for confirmation hearings, starting Tuesday. U.S. Democrats are concerned by his nomination because of his record on abortion, health care, and his views on executive power. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, this could ensure a shift on the court and have huge implications for abortion, LGBTQ rights or criminal justice. 
             Recently, some e-mails were anonymously released, where Kavanaugh said that Roe v. Wade was settled as precedent of the Supreme Court. Reproductive rights group have cautioned that such language doesn’t mean much because the Supreme Court can always break with precedent if it chooses. In one of the emails released, Kavanaugh says: “I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent.”
           “Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), is a landmark decision issued in 1973 by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of the constitutionality of laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions. The Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state’s interests in regulating abortions: protecting women’s health and protecting the potentiality of human life.”
          In the hearing on Wednesday, Kavanaugh offered only vague answers to female Senator Feinstein’s questions. “As a general proposition,” he said, “I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade.” When asked about abortion in his confirmation hearing, his answer tells us nothing, which says nothing about how he’d rule. 
        During the Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, around 60 people were arrested for protesting its nomination. Police charged at least 60 people with disorderly conduct, among them actress Piper Perabo. People believe he will get rid of women’s equal rights. Also, the father of one of the Parkland victim said Kavanaugh wouldn’t shake his hand.

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