Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Pence Responds to Democrat Criticisms: 'Kavanaugh Will Not Legislate from the Bench'

J. Scott Applewhite | AP  Pro-life and anti-abortion advocates demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court J. Scott Applewhite | AP Pro-life and anti-abortion advocates demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court
Melinda Barton | 12 July, 2018, 06:01

Kavanaugh's critics believe he will seek to use the Supreme Court to advance conservative interests, such as the overturning of the landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, which gave American women the legal right to abortion. Those laws - passed long after Roe was handed down - would make abortion illegal if and when the Supreme Court were to say Roe is no more.

Schumer: I understand, but what is your opinion.

Judge Kavanaugh, a Catholic, a husband, and a father of two young girls, is said to be a defender of religious liberty, having sided with Priests for Life in their lawsuit against the Obama Administration's contraception mandate.

For the second day in a row, Governor Cuomo held rallies criticizing President Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court, and urging action on a measure that would protect the right to choose abortion in NY.

In addition to jeopardizing women's reproductive rights, Gillibrand, who is frequently mentioned as a 2020 presidential contender, also contended a conservative-leaning court would further unwind the Affordable Care Act, which was previously upheld by the Supreme Court.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo landed the endorsement of Planned Parenthood on Wednesday - a day after Cynthia Nixon posted a video mocking Cuomo's claim that he's a champion of women's rights and reproductive freedom.

Even so, Trump and those advising him throughout the process of choosing a Supreme Court nominee have maintained that the president has refrained from raising the issue with any of his potential court picks.

One case that could affect abortion might come if IN decides to appeal a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that ruled that the state could not ban an abortion after a Down syndrome diagnosis.

According to an analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive-rights think tank, 19 states adopted 63 new restrictions on abortion rights and access.

First, in 2017 President Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch, a conservative, to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. "We are the majority and those who vote for Kavanaugh, which is a vote to end Roe v. Wade, will be held accountable at the ballot box". "Now, more than ever, we must stand up, speak out and take action".

"I've seen first-hand the kinds of devastating situations that people find themselves in and how important it is for women to have all of the options available to them and to be able to make their own decision", said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kelly Fryer. NY changed its law, so abortion was legal in NY.

Although a number of recent polls indicate that Americans support Roe v. Wade, other polls indicate that Americans do not know much about the decision.

A lot is left to be decided by the Court, but Covington said it's certain that "the boundary of Roe is going to continue to be defined". An appeals court recently shot down the lawsuit, but the insurers are expected to file for a re-hearing in a case with implications for more than $12 billion in federal payments.