As expected, Roe v. Wade is taking the forefront in Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.
Democrats seem to think Kavanaugh was nominated specifically to overturn that landmark decision — but Kavanaugh insists the case is an example of the “importance of precedent.”
But is the debate over?
On the List
Prior to being elected as president, President Donald Trump penned a list of potential Supreme Court candidates to pacify voters who were worried about his convictions when it came to SCOTUS.
Initially, Kavanaugh was not on that list.
In fact, according to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), he was only added to the list after his dissenting opinion was written in another case: Garza v. Hogan.
In that opinion, Kavanaugh essentially said he felt the law “supported Trump immigration officials who were blocking [an illegal immigrant girl] from having an abortion.”
In a separate opinion, Kavanaugh used the term “abortion on demand,” a phrase that has Democrats worried he will take it upon himself to overturn Roe v. Wade.
But Kavanaugh has insisted that, as far as he is concerned, Roe v. Wade is not in danger of being overturned.
“As a general proposition,” he said, “I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade.”
But while he believes in the precedent, that does not mean he will not make it tougher for abortions to take place, something several conservative justices have done throughout their careers.
Roe v. Wade does not need to be overturned, and the circumstances under which an abortion can be performed can still be more limited.
On the surface, Kavanaugh has yet to give Democrats what they need to vote “no” — but as we all know, this class of Democrats does not need a reason to become obstructionist.