The U.S. Senate voted to confirm the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. Kavanaugh, who served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has a record of conservative jurisprudence, adhering to strict constructionist principles. He has consistently advocated for interpreting the Constitution as written.
President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh in July following the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Throughout the nomination process, indeed mere minutes after the announced nomination, Kavanaugh faced extreme opposition from prominent Democrat allies of the abortion industry. The retirement of Justice Kennedy, who was considered for decades the swing vote on Pro-Life cases, sent abortion activists into a panic. Abortion lobbying groups falsely claimed that Kavanaugh’s confirmation would result in abortion being outlawed. In fact, if Roe v. Wade were overturned, abortion law would be returned to the states, which could then legislate based on the legitimate state interest in fully protecting fetal Life.
The mania of the pro-abortion extremist organizations led to a nomination process that has rightly been called a “circus” by pundits across the political spectrum. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s decision to proceed with the nomination and bring the vote before the full Senate signals their recognition of Kavanaugh as a judge with a proven record of integrity.
Texas Right to Life is optimistic that Judge Kavanaugh will prove to be a principled justice who will consistently recognize the Right to Life of all human beings. Texas continues to pass Pro-Life laws aimed at incrementally protecting babies from abortion, undermining the legally untenable Roe v. Wade.
Most recently, Texas Right to Life led the passage of the Dismemberment Abortion Ban, life-saving legislation that protects preborn babies from the barbaric and inhumane abortion procedure in which they are ripped limb from limb while their hearts are still beating. The abortion industry’s challenge to this law, Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton, is scheduled to be heard in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on November 5 of this year. Following the hearing in November, the case is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court where Kavanaugh will have taken the bench.
Kavanaugh is the second confirmed justice during Trump’s presidency, and Pro-Life advocates are optimistic that Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch will contribute to the high court’s return to constitutional principles that recognize the rights of all human beings.