With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court last month, President Trump had the opportunity to make a truly historic pick for his replacement nominee. As a result, the question of healthcare and many social rights have come into play in regards to their future.
With President Trump’s announcement of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the replacement nominee, there have already been many differing opinions on this choice. Kavanaugh is considered among many to be a conservative-leaning judge who will not take over the role of moderate center that his predecessor covered but rather provide conservatives with a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court.
As President Trump promised to appoint justices that would reverse Roe v. Wade, this has been a major issue of contention, especially among Democrats. To reverse this landmark decision would be extremely detrimental to women’s rights and women’s health as a whole. If Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, then the decision of abortion rights would be left to individual states. As there are only about 20 states where abortion rights would not be heavily impacted compared to others, this makes the issue even bigger if the case were to be overturned. There would be fines brought against abortion providers and possible jail time.
One can see why this issue presents itself with so many possible problems to branch off the major issue. Our country will have states that offer the abortion procedure and others that will effectively ban it nearly immediately should Roe v. Wade be reversed. This is a prime opportunity for our government to be as transparent as they possibly can with the citizens. We have every right to have our voice be heard and for our officials to keep us fully aware of the situation, should it transpire.
There is real opportunity here for the current administration to avoid adding more negativity to their already subpar reputation on human rights issues. If the administration remains vocal for the Supreme Court to reverse such a landmark decision with the newly appointed Justice, there will most certainly be an outcry among the citizens. Many special-interest groups are already lobbying for the Supreme Court to reverse the decision, particularly the Heritage Foundation.
At such a crucial moment for the country, the government should be open to hearing all sides of an argument before making their decision based upon nothing more than these special-interest groups demanding for the reversal of Roe v. Wade.