LARTL, NRLC Commends President Trump On Supreme Court Nominee

WASHINGTON – Louisiana Right to Life, in unity with its affiliate National Right To Life, commended President Donald Trump for his decision to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat soon to be vacated by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

“All too often, democratically enacted laws to protect unborn children and other vulnerable humans have been overridden by judges who abuse their power to impose their own policy preferences,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Judge Kavanaugh’s record, viewed as a whole, indicates a willingness to enforce the rights truly based on the text and history of the Constitution, while otherwise leaving policymaking in the hands of elected legislators.”

“Judge Kavanaugh is exceptionally well qualified to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court – and like Neil Gorsuch, he will be subjected to a smear campaign by those on the Left who are addicted to the imposition of social policy by judicial decree,” commented Douglas Johnson, senior policy advisor to National Right to Life.

In 2017, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia voted to allow a minor, in federal custody after being apprehended at the border, to obtain an abortion in the United States. In dissent, Kavanaugh wrote that the majority ruling was “ultimately 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, thereby barring any Government efforts to expeditiously transfer the minors to their immigration sponsors before they make that momentous life decision. The majority’s decision represents a radical extension of the Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence.” (Garza v. Hargan, Oct. 24, 2017)

Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, said, “We commend President Trump for his choice of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. Clearly shown by his extensive experience, we believe Judge Kavanaugh will be a justice who will respect the wisdom of the original text of the U.S. Constitution. Instead of implementing his own opinions and preference, Judge Kavanaugh will give deference to the will of a legislature to protect human lives and ensure the health and safety of women. We look forward to Senators Cassidy and Kennedy voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the high court.”