Wednesday, February 1, 2017

What Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsush Could Mean For Women's Health

NY Magazine (Feb. 1, 2017): What Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsush Could Mean For Women's Health, by Lisa Ryan:

Immediately after President Trump's announcement of 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee on Tuesday, commentators started speculating what this means for women's health.  The intense interest on both side of the political spectrum is not surprising given that Trump made campaign promises that he would appoint a pro-life justice who would help to repeal Roe v. Wade. 

However, Judge Gorsuch has never issued a decision on abortion, leaving commentators to speculate on his views based on his decisions and writing  on other issues.  Emma Green of the Atlantic analyzes Judge's Gorsuch's book on assisted suicide, which discusses Planned Parenthood v. Casey.  However, she concludes that the book does not reveal a clear position on whether he would vote to repeal Roe v. Wade.

But, Judge Gorsuch's broad conception of the right to religious freedom may pose a more immediate threat to reproductive rights.  Ed Kilgore of New York Magazine writes:

But the key reason for conservative enthusiasm about Gorsuch is that he has been a real judicial pioneer in recognizing and expanding the right to an exemption from anti-discrimination laws and regulations for those citing religious objections. He was involved in two Tenth Circuit cases that wound up producing SCOTUS landmark decisions that allowed religious believers (include those running for-profit businesses) to disregard the contraception-coverage provisions of Obamacare.

For those interested in taking a deeper look into Judge Gorsuch's writings SCOTUS Blog has compiled his extrajudicial writing and speeches.

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