Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Democratic Senators Issue Last-Minute Warnings About Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Democratic Senators Issue Last-Minute Warnings About Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Nearly a year after the fateful vote on the republican healthcare bill, Alaska's senior senator Lisa Murkowski is once again in the spotlight following President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. In the New York Legislature, Democrats enjoy an overwhelming 104-41 Assembly majority, but a razor-thin 32-31 Senate majority (the Senate now has a Republican majority leader due to a power-sharing agreement between the Independent Democratic Conference and Senate Republicans).

Kavanaugh's nomination is sure to ignite a partisan fight heading into this fall's midterm elections, and the potential for a rightward tilt has progressive groups and women's health care organizations anxious about the future of reproductive rights, including Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that guaranteed women access to abortion.

But Murkowski said her mind is far from made up; she doesn't expect Kavanaugh to speak overtly on Roe v. Wade; and she will consider a variety of factors in her vote. "We want people to go that respect the Constitution, respect the Constitution as written, will not legislate from the bench, and President Trump and I are absolutely convinced that Judge Kavanaugh is exactly the kind of jurist that the American people - in the majority - want to see on the Court".

"I want to get it done before the Supreme Court does that because I don't want any gap in a women's right to protection, and we have a better legal case when the Supreme Court acts". They're already pointing to their worry about Roe v. Wade, about whether it will be overturned.

"I believe that precedent is important for the Supreme Court", Stefanik told The Sun last month. "I am pro-life in terms of legislation that passes through the House, but I do think the Supreme Court has settled that issue generationally". "It has been decided by the Supreme Court". The group is specifically targeting vulnerable Senate Republicans including Sens.

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Nonetheless, Jeanne Mancini, the president of anti-abortion rights March for Life said in a statement to Business Insider that Kavanaugh was "exceptionally qualified for the role and will no doubt serve as a fair, independent judge who will remain faithful to the Constitution".

New York's junior senator called on the American public to lobby their senators, which she said could help to torpedo his nomination despite Republicans controlling the Senate.

As for what he says about NY law being tougher on abortion than Roe, that's marginally true.

Supporters of women's rights protest outside the US Supreme Court as the court issues a ruling on a California law related to abortion issues on June 26, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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