Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Mike Pence: 'I Do' Still Want Roe v. Wade Overturned

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Jeannette Daniel | 11 July, 2018, 22:59

With President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement on the Supreme Court, the fate of Roe v. Wade and women's reproductive rights have sparked a sharp debate.

President Donald Trump's upcoming nomination of a new U.S. Supreme Court justice has everyone talking about the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned.

"I stand for the sanctity of life", Pence said separately.

The system assigns a score to Supreme Court justices based on their voting patterns; for federal appeals court judges, like Kavanaugh, scores are based on the ideologies of the presidents and senators who nominated them. "This administration, this president are pro-life, but what the American people ought to know is that, as the president said today, this is not an issue that he discussed with Judge Kavanaugh".

But the bigger unknown is now centered around Kavanaugh's so far undisclosed position on abortion rights and the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade.

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"Do you still want Roe vs. Wade to be overturned?"

Pence said that Trump chose Kavanaugh as a nominee for his "credentials" and "judicial philosophy" ― not specifically to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Even so, Trump and those advising him throughout the process of choosing a Supreme Court nominee have maintained that the president has refrained from raising the issue with any of his potential court picks.

Former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards appeared on "Hardball" to proclaim "abortion existed before Roe and it was simply illegal and unsafe and young, healthy women died routinely in emergency rooms across this country and that's what we're looking at again if this court tips to the other side".

"What we don't want is to have people go to the courts with a specific objective or policy criteria. The things to be anxious about are the future cases. that's where a Justice Kavanaugh, if confirmed, can make a difference", said Fitzpatrick.

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