Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tim Kaine's Judgment on Judge Gorsuch

From U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), March 29:

Dear Friend,
After meeting with President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch and reviewing his testimony and past decisions, I've decided to oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court.
I’ve observed that he has repeatedly taken an activist approach to cases involving a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her health. He made the astounding argument that bosses have an individual right to prevent their company’s female employees from using their own health insurance to buy contraception. He even cavalierly referred to contraceptive use as ‘the wrongdoing of others.'
More than 60 percent of American women of childbearing age use contraception and the right to do so has been constitutionally protected for more than fifty years. Judge Gorsuch unquestionably has an impressive professional and educational background, but a nominee to the Supreme Court must also demonstrate sound judicial philosophy. His decisions restricting women’s rights and framing of women making their own health decisions as ‘the wrongdoing of others’ are jarring and do not demonstrate a philosophy that belongs on the Supreme Court. I will oppose his nomination.
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