Justice Kennedy retiring; President Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick

Justice Kennedy retiring; President Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick

Justice Kennedy retiring; President Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick

With the news that conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy is to retire, a huge opportunity has landed in Donald Trump's lap.

His first justice, Neil Gorsuch, has not yet ruled on abortion's legality but is generally embraced by pro-life advocates.

During his presidential campaign, Trump vowed to nominate pro-life justices to the federal courts who supported overturning Roe v. Wade. Whoever replaces him will have a massive sway in the direction of the nation's highest court, possibly for decades to come. After a review period, the administration determined Chad had satisfactorily improved its system, and removed it from the list.

The Supreme Court allowed it to go largely into effect in December while the legal challenge continued.

Trump was quick to take to his favourite social media platform to comment on the ruling. He wrote the 2010 Citizens United decision that abolished limits on corporate spending on politics, leading to the rise of the "Super PAC". It reads "Make no mistake: this is an unnecessary and risky ban against Muslims that recklessly puts lives in danger and undermines civil liberties in this country", said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. Id., at 132-133. He added: "That's right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain unsafe countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!"

Women in no-abortion states who still wanted to terminate their pregnancies would be forced to choose between travelling to liberal states, getting an illegal abortion, or reluctantly allowing the pregnancy to continue.


Liberal groups bemoaned Kennedy's decision, as the Sacramento native appointed by Ronald Reagan has been a key swing vote in a number of court cases that bolstered progressive goals.

Trump has said the travel ban is needed to protect the USA attacks by Islamist militants. He has written all the court's major gay-rights decisions, including the 2015 ruling that declared same-sex marriage is a constitutional right nationwide.

Kennedy confirmed his resignation in a brief letter to the president. Venezuela and North Korea also were targeted in the current policy. He added that his decision was motivated by the desire to spend more time with his family. Those restrictions were not challenged in court.

And in June 2017, the President stated on Twitter that the Justice Department had submitted a "watered down, politically correct version" of the "original Travel Ban" "to S [upreme] C [ourt]."1 Id., at 132".

Trump also has moved to rescind protections for young immigrants called "Dreamers" who were brought to the USA illegally as children, as well as acting against states and cities that protect illegal immigrants, ending protected status for certain immigrants in the country for decades, intensifying deportation efforts and pursuing limits on legal immigration.

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