With the recent news of Justice Kennedy stepping down from the Supreme Court, the Democratic Party has been left wondering what impact Kennedy’s retirement will have on abortion in the next few years. While bad news for the Democrats, Kennedy’s retirement is precisely the fuel the pro-life movement needs.
Kennedy, who was nominated by President Reagan in 1987, was known as the Court’s swing voter and often voted against the Republican Party’s best interests. He played a pivotal role in the decision of Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark case which legalized gay marriage. Throughout Kennedy’s tenure, he was also known to be a lifetime advocate for abortion and ensured Roe v. Wade would not be overturned during his tenure.
Now that Kennedy is stepping down and there is a president in office who has promised to put pro-life justices on the bench, it looks like pro-lifers may get the chance they have been waiting for to finally bring abortion legislation back to the states.
While some presidents have taken their time to compile a list of nominees to bring before the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Wednesday they will vote on who will replace Kennedy before the midterm elections this November. Additionally, Trump announced last Friday that he will have a nominee ready for the Senate to review by July 9.
In a statement to the press, McConnell stated, “The Senate stands ready to fulfill its constitutional role by offering advice and consent on President Trump’s nominee to fill this vacancy. We will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor this fall.”
With an original constitutionalist being appointed to the Court soon, Republicans can expect Trump’s nominee to interpret the Constitution in the pro-life movement’s favor, much like Gorsuch has done in the past.