The future of America’s abortion law is on the line as a ferocious battle looms over Donald Trump’s latest nominee to sit on the US Supreme Court. Democrats vowed to do everything in their power over the next few months to block the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh, a conservative judge, to the country’s highest judicial body, while Republicans said they would “lift heaven and Earth” to have him confirmed. Politicians on both sides began rallying supporters, and millions of dollars were set to be spent on advertisements, as Judge Kavanaugh was expected to become a focal point in the mid-term Congressional elections in November. The judge has to be confirmed in the US Senate where Republicans currently have a razor-thin 51-49 majority. He would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy who acted as a swing vote between the four conservatives and four liberals on the court, siding with liberals on a number of social issues including abortion. Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation could lead in the next few years to an overturning of Roe v Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling of 1973 that established a constitutional right to abortion across the US. If overturned that would allow individual states to impose tight restrictions… Read full this story
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