How Kavanaugh ruled on gun control, health care, and other hot-button issues

How Kavanaugh ruled on gun control, health care, and other hot-button issues

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has written almost 300 opinions on a range of issues over his 12 years serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit. In an article for SCOTUSblog , Edith Roberts noted that “Kavanaugh generally brings a pragmatic approach to judging, although his judicial philosophy is conservative, and he has applied principles of textualism and originalism espoused by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.” Here are some particularly significant decisions that reflect how Kavanaugh evaluates some of the most important issues in today’s political landscape: Birth control and abortion In a 2015 case , Priests for Life v. HHS, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals refused to allow a rehearing for a religious group’s challenge to an Obamacare requirement that employers provide birth control to employees. Kavanaugh dissented from that decision. He argued that religious organizations should not be forced to provide contraception, falling in line with conservative thought on the issue. “Under Hobby Lobby,” Kavanaugh wrote, referring to an earlier Supreme Court decision, “the regulations substantially burden the religious organizations’ exercise of religion because the regulations require the organizations to take an action contrary to their sincere religious beliefs (submitting the form) or else pay significant monetary penalties.” But breaking a little bit from some conservatives, he also argued that the government does have a compelling interest in facilitating access to contraception. In doing so, he followed the decision written by his mentor, Justice Anthony Kennedy, in […]

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