Kentucky advocates say abortion is central issue in Kavanaugh nomination
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for a quick confirmation of President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, but Democrats are promising a bruising fight.
Advocates on both sides say the central issue at stake in the nomination of federal judge Brett Kavanaugh to the High Court is abortion. Margie Montgomery, the head of Kentucky Right to Life, said she was “delighted” when she heard Kavanaugh was Trump's pick. Montgomery believes the confirmation would move the Supreme Court a step closer to overturning Roe v. Wade.
“It looks good on religious liberty (and) good on protection of the unborn,” she said.
But Montgomery said Kavanaugh's confirmation would not automatically mean the end of abortion.
“We don't know how any of them are going to go,” she said. “But we have a pretty good idea.”
One abortion rights supporters said he had more than a “pretty good idea” about Kavanaugh.
“The concern is that President Trump has promised he will appoint people who will overturn Roe v. Wade,” said Corey Shapiro, legal director of the Kentucky ACLU.
Shapiro said Kavanaugh’s selection came as no surprise.
“We knew any of his selections would be coming from a list that was pre-vetted by folks who are hostile to Roe v. Wade,” he said.
Shapiro hopes Democrats can slow down the confirmation.
“There's no reason to rush this process, especially given what's at stake,” he said.
Kavanaugh’s nomination has reignited a decades-long debate.
“It's important that we maintain a moderating voice and that people's civil rights continue to be protected by the Supreme Court,” Shapiro said.
“To me, it's so obvious what the right thing is: to kill or not to kill,” Montgomery said.
On the Senate Floor, McConnell urged his colleagues to judge Kavanaugh on his qualifications, not on hot-button issues.
“We'll do well to remember that we are evaluating a judge, not debating a candidate for political office,” he said.
Both sides agree on one thing: the debate over Kavanaugh illustrates that elections do matter.
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