Conservative Christians eye a victory
President Donald J. Trump of the United States has made his choice clear when it comes to picking the Supreme Court justice ; he wants one who would help to overturn the decisive pro-abortion Roe v. Wade ruling. He has nodded his assent to cancel the abortion rights ruling state-by-state. It is the only way this ruling could be overturned.
For pro-lifers, this is music to their ears. The president can expect their thumping support as he would realize their dream of rolling back women's reproductive rights. Picking the next correct Supreme Court judge will make this much easier. The nominee would succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy. The outgoing Judge became a Justice in the Supreme Court in February 1988 and was nominated by President Ronald Reagan, a Republican. When Trump was asked in a media interview about whether he would question potential nominees on their stances in overturning the 1973 era Roe v. Wade decision, the president, after an initial hesitation, said he favors conservative judges.
There is a real possibility of this happening. A few states have already taken steps to make it possible. In Iowa, the legislature controlled by the GOP passed a law crafted to overturn such a decision. The law banned abortion after the heartbeat of a fetus is detected. This can happen within six weeks, a time before a woman is even aware she is pregnant. A GOP Senator even asserted that the administration is trying to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision.
Analysts hold the opinion that with Trump's selection of Supreme Court judge, the Republicans may succeed in their venture. Outgoing Judge Kennedy was firmly in the pro-choice camp, but there are no guarantees that the next Justice will hold the same view. Although the unsaid judicial practice is to hold the respect of settled laws, there is nothing which says they cannot be broken. It is likely the next judge will side with the pro-life decision when abortion rights are considered by the Supreme Court during the next case which will invariably come up on this issue.
Among the existing crop of politicians, only a few could assist women to keep control of their reproductive rights. Two of them are Republican Senators: Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins. These lawmakers hope to stall the Supreme Court nomination until the finish of the midterm elections. Democrats have a slim chance of winning back the Senate. If this is done, the Trump nominee can be blocked.
Take @realdonaldtrump at his word. He wants to “punish” women for exercising their reproductive freedom. He promised to nominate to SCOTUS someone who would “automatically” overturn Roe v. Wade. We need to fight like women’s lives and freedom are on the line. Because they are. pic.twitter.com/Fvnkof7omr
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) July 1, 2018