By Kiara Palomares
It has been two weeks since Brett Kavanagh was confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice. Overcome with emotions, most Americans felt combated and disappointed, when Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in. The vote was 50 to 48. The main questions to consider now are what type of cases will he hear and how will he vote on them?
Brett Kavanaugh’s ideologies and values can be placed somewhere on the conservative spectrum, shifting the Supreme Court to the right. One of the first court cases Kavanaugh has heard thus far is Stokeling v. the United States. This case raises the question of whether under the Armed Career Criminal Act, a state should consider robbery a violent felony. The more interesting element of Kavanaugh as judge, intertwined with the allegations, is that Brett Kavanaugh in the near future will very likely have to decide upon an abortion case (s).
During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh stated that Roe v Wade was an “important precedent in the Supreme Court,” however, Kavanaugh declined to mention whether he would vote to reverse it or not. While serving in the D.C. Circuit, the majority ruled in favor of young girl to get an abortion. Dissenting, Brett Kavanaugh affirmed, “the government has permissible interests in favoring fetal life, protecting the best interests of a minor, and refraining from facilitating abortion.” Given this evidence of his moral sentiments, it seems probable that Brett Kavanaugh would vote against abortion rights if the opportunity arose.
Brett Kavanaugh remains in the early stages of his new career, so there is a degree of ambiguity on how he will shape the future of our country.