Conservatives’ Supreme Court Dreams Move Closer to Reality

Conservatives’ Supreme Court Dreams Move Closer to Reality

Facade of Supreme Court building. The sudden U.S. Supreme Court vacancy means that what once were conservative legal fantasies may soon be realistic goals. Overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling could be just the beginning should President Donald Trump succeed in appointing a successor to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The vacancy could produce the biggest ideological shift of a Supreme Court seat in decades. Here are some of the top items on conservative wish lists: Topple Roe v. Wade Abortion rights were already in doubt before Ginsburg’s death. Although the court in June struck down a law that might have left Louisiana with only one clinic, the 5-4 result hinged on Chief Justice John Roberts, who suggested he would support other restrictions. Ginsburg’s death means the pivotal vote now belongs to Trump-appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who dissented in the Louisiana case. During his confirmation hearings in 2018, Kavanaugh declined to say whether Roe, which legalized abortion nationwide, was correctly decided or whether he would vote to uphold it as a justice. Challenges to Roe are already on their way. Conservative states have moved to sharply restrict abortion rights in recent years. States enacted 58 new abortion restrictions in 2019 alone, including a total ban by Alabama, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that backs reproductive rights. Kill Obamacare The court is scheduled to hear arguments on the Affordable Care Act a week after the election. The Trump administration is urging the […]

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