Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Caribbean American legislator arrested for protesting Trump Supreme Court nominee

Caribbean American legislator arrested for protesting Trump Supreme Court nominee

Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that he still wants Roe v. Wade to be overturned, but declined to say if President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will comply with the campaign promise to do away with the landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

WASHINGTON, D.C. | President Trump's decision to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court got high marks from Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro). Kavanaugh's position on Roe v. Wade is not as easily defined as it is for others who were on Trump's SCOTUS short list.

Fitzpatrick said there is a long-held doctrine at the Supreme Court that most justices adhere to, "Let Things Stand".

Legal experts, however, aren't convinced that Kavanaugh's presence alone would automatically lead to the overturning of Roe and the 1992 landmark case Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, which upheld large parts of Roe and ruled that states can not impose an "undue burden" on patients seeking abortion.

"Well, I don't think anybody is going to overturn Roe v. Wade", Hatch told Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour". That would be binding precedent of the court. "And I want the NY state law in place". "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".

As for what he says about NY law being tougher on abortion than Roe, that's marginally true. But she also said it is important to recognize the role played by a conservative Republican president. "So there is a lot to go through", she said. Rand Paul, a fierce opponent of government surveillance that some critics say Kavanaugh would vote to legitimize, vowed to keep an "open mind" on his nomination.

"I think you're going to find that not only is this a fine, great man, and a good family man and a very intelligent judge, but he can do a very good job on the court, and that's all we can ask for", Hatch said.

Kavanaugh must be be confirmed by the Senate, which Republicans control 51-49.

"He's so frightened of Cynthia Nixon that he's drinking the political Kool-Aid served by radicals and socialists who now control the Democratic Party", said Giove. "Alaska Right to Life wants to make sure and urge both Senators Murkowski and Sullivan to confirm a justice that recognizes the personhood of the child in the womb".

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