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Posted on 07/10/2018 12:42:45 PM PDT by Morgana
FULL TITLE: Pro-Life Groups Support Brett Kavanagh for Supreme Court: He Has a Strong Record of Protecting Life
Pro-life leaders expressed strong hopes for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has a strong record of upholding religious liberties and restrictions on abortion.
President Donald Trump announced Kavanaugh as his choice to fill retiring Justice Anthony Kennedys seat on Monday evening.
Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C. for more than a decade, where he developed an extensive record of protecting religious liberty and free speech and enforcing restrictions on abortion. Pro-life leaders believe he would do the same on the Supreme Court.
Judge Kavanaughs record, viewed as a whole, indicates a willingness to enforce the rights truly based on the text and history of the Constitution, while otherwise leaving policymaking in the hands of elected legislators, said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised Kavanaugh as an outstanding choice for the highest court in America.
Judge Kavanaugh is an experienced, principled jurist with a strong record of protecting life and constitutional rights, as evidenced by his opinions in Garza v. Hargan and Priests for Life v. HHS, Dannenfelser said.
Her group is working with grassroots pro-lifers in battleground states to urge the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh. Republicans narrowly hold the U.S. Senate, but pro-abortion Republicans and pro-life Democrats are facing a huge amount of pressure from the abortion industry and Democrat party leaders to block Trumps second nominee.
Vulnerable senators up for re-election this year have a choice: stand with the president and their constituents and confirm a Supreme Court justice who will respect and uphold the Constitution, or cave to pressure from the extreme abortion lobby, Dannenfelser said. If every self-avowed pro-life senator votes the right way, Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed easily.
A nominee of President George W. Bush to the circuit court, Kavanaugh was confirmed in a 53-36 vote in 2006. He previously clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy, but his opinions are said to be more like the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who was more conservative.
The new battle over Kavanaughs confirmation will be vicious.
From the day Justice Kennedy retired, the Left has sought to make this vacancy all about abortion even though many other significant issues are at stake including religious freedom and free speech, said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.
Perkins pointed to President Barack Obamas pro-abortion administration, which tried to erode religious freedom through Obamacare, activist judges and other means.
Judge Kavanaugh resisted this trend in at least two instances an HHS contraceptive mandate case and in an opinion supporting inauguration prayers, Perkins said. Judge Kavanaugh has a long and praiseworthy history of judging as an originalist, and we look forward to having a justice with his philosophical approach on the court.
Penny Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, warned of the battle ahead to confirm Kavanaugh. She said he could be the deciding vote on cases to end taxpayer funding of abortions, stop forcing people to violate their religious beliefs, restore First Amendment rights and bring America a step closer to ending abortions.
Its really not surprising when this nominee could mean the end to their whole abortion industry, Nance said. With so much on the line, the left is going to do everything in their power to stop this nominee, and we need to be ready to help push this conformation through.
State pro-life leaders also praised Trumps choice.
Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis commented: Kavanaugh has a proven judicial record that he will interpret the Constitution as written and will not be an activist justice. We thank President Trump for holding to his promise that he would nominate pro-life Justices to the Court. Ohio Right to Life looks forward to Roe v. Wade being overturned so that Ohio can set its own pro-life policies.
Heather Weininger, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life, added: D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brent Kavanaugh is an excellent jurist, who understands that the role of judiciary is to interpret the law, not make the law. We thank President Trump for nominating another experienced, originalist jurist who will uphold the Constitution.
Weininger also promised to hold U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, accountable for siding with the abortion industry on Kavanaughs nomination.
Unfortunately, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has already signaled that she would rather cave to pressure from the abortion lobby rather than give Judge Kavanaugh due consideration based upon his experience and qualifications, Weininger said. Senator Baldwin will be held accountable for her actions during this confirmation process by Wisconsin Right to Life and our grassroots supporters.
Sarah Pitlyk, a former law clerk to Judge Kavanaugh and special counsel for the Thomas More Society, which is a leading pro-life legal group, previously said Kavanaugh has an excellent record and perhaps the best record of any of the finalists president Trump was considering.
In her profile, Pitlyk mentioned three cases where Judge Kavanaugh came down on the pro-life side:
Take another case that arose this year before the D.C. Circuit, Garza v. Hargan. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Department of Health and Human Services for declining to facilitate an immediate abortion for an unlawful-immigrant minor in federal custody. The district court ruled for the ACLU. On appeal, Judge Kavanaugh and another judge reversed, agreeing with the Trump administration that it did not have to provide an immediate abortion and ordering the district court to give the minor time to find a sponsor so that the government did not have to facilitate the abortion precisely the relief the administration sought.
When the full D.C. Circuit later vacated that decision and ordered the government to facilitate the abortion immediately, Judge Kavanaugh dissented, stating that the majority had badly erred in adopting a radical extension of the Supreme Courts abortion jurisprudence. He again endorsed the Trump administrations position that it did not have to facilitate an immediate abortion on demand. In his opinion, Judge Kavanaugh emphasized the governments permissible interests in favoring fetal life and refraining from facilitating abortion.
Kavanaugh ruled against the Obama HHS mandate that forced Hobby Lobby, Little Sisters of the Poor and other Christian-run businesses and organizations to fund abortion drugs in their employee health care plans. He also upheld pro-life free speech in a case involving the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (the Metro).
The 53-year-old judge is married and has two daughters. He is Catholic and serves as a lector at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, D.C. He also volunteers with the St. Maria Meals program at Catholic Charities and has tutored students at the Washington Jesuit Academy.
The BUTCHERS at Planned Parenthood will oppose.
They do! I’ve posted about it already
Molech is not pleased. The demoncrats owe their allegiance to him.
So much for the weak kneed Freepers that act as if Trumps choice was not who they wanted and he somehow failed him.
These folks are in the battle day in and day out, I take their impressions and regard over all the naysayers
Ill be the first to say I was wrong.
Now what does he do if asked about Roe Wade?
I discussed this with an associate and it starts with a new court challenge, probably in the lower courts that call for a re-examination and per his input may strip away the wide open model and turn it back to Rape, Incest and health of the mother as exceptions. This would mean that say in rape or incest, a criminal action would be needed with a affidavit of the action and perpetrator to the authorities to get permission. In the same vein a doctors certified statement of need based on sound medical practice would then allow for that exception. As a means of birth control, that would go away
If asked he cannot say he would vote one way or the other but the precedent at this time before the court is that it is legal, hence the actions as described above as a mechanism to force review by the SCOTUS
Personally, I want it gone but I do see some need as in the medical where a limited application may be allowed. In the others I will leave it to the court, as violent rapes by Illegals are a common item and I have unfortunately been faced with the Incest question in my own family involving my Stepfather and my sister, she did have an abortion and even that scarred her psyche for life as well as the reason for it.
During the confirmation hearings, he’s not required to answer what-if questions in detail about every kind of hypothetical, fictional situation. So he’ll simply say something to the effect that he believes in following precedents, that there are too many possibilities in cases to allow speculation in advance, etc. He was confirmed for a lower court against higher odds before, and others have given similar answers.
Kavanaugh has *not* said that he would overturn Roe v. Wade or decided against allowing any abortion. He has only written opinions against taxpayers paying for some abortions in particular cases.
[Time to neutralize some of the noise on that issue for now, yes? We’re on the same page. ;-) ]
So much for the sanctimonious types who beat their chests, well.. sanctimoniously. But when they are wrong, as they frequently were in the Bush years, never admit it.
I don’t like Kavanaugh based on who his friends are; Kagan, Bush, and Rove. Reminds me of when Rudman rolled out David Souter.
On the other hand if Kavanaugh’s enemies continue to be of the Gabby Giffords puppet master ilk, I might grow to like him.
“Democrats Today: Women Gonna Die!”
Perfect answer. Democrats, except the very few in strong red states likely to vote to confirm, are all delusional and hysterical. Must be a parasite in their herb, in their veggie smoothies, or something.
In 2000 Kavanaugh gave $1,000 to the campaign of his pro-abortion buddy in Ohio who was running for the US Senate. His name is Richard Cordray.
Hes also running for Ohio governor this year and has been endorsed
by NARAL. Its amazing how many are giving him a pass on his moderate abortion views.
Susan Collins is as happy as a pig in mud-hole.
Chucky just said AHAAAAAA!
Thanks for sharing. I have people in my family who did and of course carry that guilt.
Well, good he doesn’t have to say one way or the other. Otherwise it sounds like he wouldn’t be confirmed.
Thanks for that. I assume the Democrats will ask the question anyways? But glad he doesn’t have to answer.
Indeed, well known as the steel fist in the velvet glove model, they seek to make themselves judge and jury and his stand on “precedent’ is appropriate and if they probe further they are out of bounds and trying to control how he will and should decide based on new cases versus using RvW as a foundation that is untouchable
In short, pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness is the right of the unborn as well, and denial is not conditional by inconvenience
You’re welcome. When he answers _the question_, he’ll probably mention stare decisis (stare pronounced like _star-A_—latin). It has to do with precedents set by rulings or decisions in previous cases.
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