Kavanaugh confirmation hearing likely to focus on abortion, gun rights and more

Kavanaugh confirmation hearing likely to focus on abortion, gun rights and more

Gun Rights

From protecting access to abortion in the U.S., to his relationship with a beleaguered judge accused of sexual misconduct, Brett Kavanaugh can expect a grueling confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, will be questioned about his views on a bevy of legal issues, including executive power, reproductive rights, gun violence and privacy. The White House assembled a team of attorneys from the counsel’s office, Kavanaugh’s roster of former clerks and other Republican lawyers to document his record and meticulously help the 53-year-old prepare for questions expected from senators. Read on for a look at five topics senators could bring up during the confirmation hearing that begins on Sept. 4. Abortion rights Although he has not expressed outright opposition to abortion, liberals and women’s rights groups have already warned of the end of Roe v. Wade , the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, should Kavanaugh be confirmed. Trump has said he has not spoken with Kavanaugh about abortion. At a rally in front of the Supreme Court in August, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said senators need “to stand up and vote ‘no’ against this judge [because] he is going to harm this country and he is going to harm women.” In 2017, Kavanaugh issued a dissent in a case involving an undocumented immigrant who wished to be released from custody in order to have an abortion. While the court eventually allowed her to have the procedure, Kavanaugh […]

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