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National Right to Life Commends President Trump For His Selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Successor to Justice Kennedy

Jul 9, 2018 | 2018 Press Releases

WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) 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)

Founded in 1968, National Right to Life, the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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