Northwest Missourian Opinion

The prospect of filling a Supreme Court position is not a thing to be taken lightly. The influence they will have on the law will be felt for the next 20 to 30 years.

Most presidents are lucky if they get to appoint one person to the Supreme Court, however, President Donald Trump has had the ability to fill two positions thus far.

His current nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is a district court judge in the District of Columbia and if approved, will fill the vacancy of Justice Anthony Kennedy when he retires. This has the possible inclination of a conservative majority in the most powerful court in the land.

While the hearings are in progress, a number of people have discovered issues with the beliefs and convictions of this nominee. This is mainly focused on the topics of abortion and women’s rights.

In regards to abortion, Kavanaugh has taken a stance on the conservative side of the issue. In October of 2017, he published a dissent to a recent decision made by the Supreme Court saying that the government had no right to rule in this matter.

“The government has permissible interests in favoring fetal life, protecting the best interests of a minor, and refraining from facilitating abortion,” Kavanaugh said in his dissent. “The court has held that the government may further those interests so long as it does not impose an undue burden on a woman seeking an abortion.”

Kavanaugh goes on to say that the majority was in the wrong.

“The majority of this decision is based on a constitutional principle as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in U.S. government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand."

This comment, among others, has sparked a number of protests outside of his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. A number of women stood out of the hearings dressed as the handmaids from “The Handmaid’s Tale” as a form of protest against Kavanaugh.

This protest has garnered support from women all over the country and has resulted in the confirmation hearing being a topic of debate amongst politicians everywhere.

Another area being contested by the general public is Kavanaugh’s view on birth control. In one of his hearings, he said that birth control is an abortion-inducing drug, and that is an issue in this country.

This comment has set a number of Democrats, including Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, into a fury to stop his nomination process. Kavanaugh’s views on these issues would influence his decisions on all of the cases he would hear as a justice.

While the president has the prerogative to appoint people to various positions throughout the federal government, the hearings conducted by the Senate are the most crucial time in the selection process.

The issues surrounding Kavanaugh bring his ability to be unbiased on the stand into question, and it is something that the American people have a right to know before the Senate Judiciary Committee makes their decisions.

The next few months will be the beginning of a new era for the Supreme Court and will have a direct influence in the direction of the country, and being the most powerful court in the land makes this selection that much more important.

While Kavanaugh has the experience, his biases bring his ability to serve into question. However, the choice is in the hands of the Senate. Hopefully, they do what is best for the good of the country.

Christopher Leslie James heads the Brisbane North Supercheap Storage facility and he’s definitely pumped up to do wonderful things for the business after coming from an accounting background.

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