Immediately after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court in June of 2018, people across the nation became fearful of who Trump would nominate to fill such a permanent position. Since his race for the presidency, Trump has continuously vowed that he will appoint justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade. After the administration announced it was nominating Brett Kavanaugh, there was an uproar from Americans across social media urging each other, and their representatives, to band together to #StopKavanaugh, #DefendRoe, and #SaveSCOTUS. This backlash stems from Kavanaugh’s ability and intentions to overturn Roe V Wade if he were to be elected into office. Many are also questioning Trump’s ability to nominate a candidate since he is being criminally investigated. And moreover, the recent allegations (and impending hearing) that have surfaced against Kavanaugh make the issue that much more pressing.
People all over the nation have already come together to protest Trump’s SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Many showed up to demonstrate their fears towards Kavanaugh as a nominee to their representatives. People also partook in this march to protest the Trump administration’s ability to appoint a justice at this point in time. Above all, protestors seemed to ask for one thing. They appealed for justice and equality in America, which they currently feel this administration is strongly neglecting. The worry is that if Kavanaugh was accepted as a Supreme Court Justice he would only propel injustice and inequality across America.
Many Americans are distressed over Kavanaugh’s opportunity to serve as a Supreme Court Justice due to his real ability to overturn Roe V Wade. Although his predecessor, Justice Kennedy, was a Republican, he was considered a “swing vote.” Whoever fills the ninth seat will have the ability to control whether the Supreme Courts votes will swing conservative, or liberal.
This is especially true when looking at Roe v. Wade. Whoever takes the seat has the ability to overturn legal abortion on a federal level. Although Kavanaugh claims he’s not outwardly against abortion, his previous judgments say otherwise. Kavanaugh used his power as a Circuit Judge to rule that an undocumented immigrant teen in a detention center could not have access to the abortion she wanted. This, combined with his strong Republican beliefs, have left many women fearing for constitutional right to a safe, legal and accessible abortion.
If Roe v. Wade was to be overturned abortion would be immediately illegal in 33 states, which is not only destructive to the healthcare system but incredibly dangerous for women in these states. His ability to overturn this fundamental and crucial policy demonstrate the immense power Kavanaugh would have surrounding all other issues, including LGBTQ rights, immigrant and refugee rights, women’s rights, healthcare, education, and pressingly, the Muller investigation.
Many people feel that since there is a serious and federal investigation surrounding the 2016 election, President Trump should not have the authority to select a Supreme Court nominee until the investigation has been concluded. This is because whoever gets selected as the next SCOTUS will hold power long after the Trump administration does.
We are currently in the midst of midterm elections, which will determine who sits in the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate. Leading many to believe that the Trump administration should follow McConnell’s earlier opinion that the vote should wait until elections are over. And that the Senate should only be allowed to vote on Kavanaugh’s ability to be a Supreme Court Justice after the midterm elections.
While these beliefs are being expressed by demonstrators across the nation, it’s up to the US Senate to decide. Senate Democrats have officially asked to postpone Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing since Trump is currently being investigated for criminal wrongdoings. And now, in light of the impending hearing with Kavanaugh, we will hold our breath as we await the repercussions on his confirmation hearings.
If you haven’t called your senators yet, now is the time to do so. You can reach dispatch at 1-884-778-3056, where I urge you to demanded that the government of the United States protects a woman’s constitutional right to abortion by only confirming a nominee who will uphold Roe v. Wade, or to ask them to represent your belief as their constituent that the confirmation hearing should be postponed until after the Mueller investigation.