Kavanaugh Meets Trump’s Litmus Test and Will End Roe v Wade

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The Roe case guarantees it can't be enforced, but Marshall Martinez, director of public affairs for New Mexico Planned Parenthood, said he wants the state law to be overturned.

The system assigns a score to Supreme Court justices based on their voting patterns; for federal appeals court judges, like Kavanaugh, scores are based on the ideologies of the presidents and senators who nominated them.

KING: Well what do you make of the argument that this is a state's rights issue, that this should be decided by individual states?

As of now, four states - Louisiana, Mississippi and North and South Dakota - have what are known as abortion "trigger laws".

Fortunately I wasn't drinking coffee on the train into work last week when I heard Sen.

But Cuomo argued that the current state law on abortion is "weaker" that the protections stitched into the Roe v. Wade ruling.

We need to mobilize in the states. His primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, also attended an abortion rights rally in New York City. While Kavanaugh is a practicing Catholic, he's also said he would respect the precedent set by Roe. Abortion has been legal in NY since 1970, but advocates for the Reproductive Health Act say the law is limited and outdated, and needs to be modernized. The law should protect the citizen, whose rights are provided by the Constitution, not a religious document. You talked about these issues in the past to other people I'm sure.

"I'm alarmed that five men will take us bad to these days, I call them days of coat hanger medicine", Frankel said. Maybe that's because he's finally listening to his staff.

Kavanaugh is an active member of The Federalist Society, a group that had been helping Trump with his list of candidates.

That bill is being sold as preparation for the possibility that the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that made abortion a national constitutional right and a ruling that liberals believe to be in jeopardy from the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the high court.

Recent polling in NY confirms most Democratic voters want strong abortion protections. Before Roe, women seeking an abortion often had to resort to back-alley abortionists or homegrown methods - all unsafe, even life-threatening.

Democracy happens in the trenches. So you could make a different decision, and he might well do that.

"I think his confirmation will go well", Hatch said during brief remarks to reporters before meeting more privately with Kavanaugh. Voters must start caring more about these elections. Some (but not all) of that is due to unjustified restrictions on the franchise.

Hatch said on PBS that Kavanaugh should have an easier time than Justice Neil Gorsuch had a year ago, "but I don't know". But perhaps the fight over his successor will help progressives realize the urgency of fighting on other fronts as well.

Kavanaugh has not expressed outright opposition to Roe v. Wade, but abortion rights activists are alarmed that it could be on the chopping block if he is confirmed.

"Mark my words, they are moving to roll back Roe v. Wade, that is going to be the next move by this President", Cuomo said.

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