Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court isn’t as radical or absurd as the majority of his Cabinet picks, but it’s a nomination that should be fought tooth-and-nail to the bitter end by progressives.
Gorsuch, who attended Harvard Law School with former President Barack Obama, isn’t a monster. And he isn’t a terrible judge. But many of his positions are archaic. And his presence on the Supreme Court would tilt it much further to the right.
Additionally, while the hope is that 83-year-old Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg outlasts President Trump’s first (and hopefully only) term as President, the Supreme Court could be in peril if she passes away and is replaced by another staunch conservative — with Gorsuch already confirmed.
Here are three reasons why Gorsuch would be a bad fit for the highest court in the land:
He’s twice ruled in favor of Christian organizations who didn’t want to provide birth control to employees
Gorsuch sided with Hobby Lobby, who refused to provide birth control to its employees as part of their health coverage as it pertained to Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
In his opinion, Gorsuch wrote that forcing Hobby Lobby to provide the birth control would’ve made them “violate their religious faith.”
That’s deeply troubling, and a sign that Gorsuch could be swayed when it comes to other matters regarding birth control and women’s reproductive rights.
He believes in the Constitution… as it was originally written
Gorsuch is an Originalist, which — as Antonin Scalia put it — means that the Constitution is interpreted as it should’ve been “when it was adopted.”
Gorsuch has also stressed that judges need to “look backward.”
There was still slavery when the Constitution was written. Women didn’t have the right to vote. There were no rights for gays or lesbians — and this is of paramount importance on the heels of the Trump Administration’s recent decision to withdraw protection for transgender students as it pertained to the bathrooms they use. There was no such thing as birth control or legal abortions. The right to bear arms was written based on guns that weren’t automatic, and on and on it goes.
This is not a document that should be interpreted as it was originally written. And those who do so will bring is in not only the wrong direction, but a scary one.
He hasn’t said much about abortion rights
It’s long been the dream of the Republicans to overturn Roe v. Wade. And if Gorsuch is confirmed and/or Ruth Bader Ginsburg passes away during President Trump’s first term, they might be able to do it.
And that would bring this country back over a half century, to a time where abortions were performed illegally and dangerously.
Even though President Trump isn’t religious at all, he ran on a platform that touted his non-existent Christian values. And for many Christians, there’s not much they would rather do than overturn Roe v. Wade.
Judges who potentially share that mindset need to be kept far away from the bench.
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