Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court: A Judicial Overview

Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace Antonin Scalia.

Update: Revealed that Gorsuch started a “Fascism Forever” while attending college. See more: #Fascism Forever

Supporters attempt to laugh it off on Twitter:

Gorsuch gained national recognition when defending religious organizations that opposed parts of the Affordable Care Act that compelled coverage of contraceptives; the most notable of those cases being, Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, he wrote of the need for U.S. courts to give broad latitude to religious beliefs.

“It is not for secular courts to rewrite the religious complaint of a faithful adherent, or to decide whether a religious teaching about complicity imposes ‘too much’ moral disapproval on those only ‘indirectly’ assisting wrongful conduct,” he noted in a concurring opinion.

The Supreme Court later ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, which now is not required to subsidize birth control that it finds objectionable. The Court agreed that the government violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by presenting the Greens with an unfair choice: violate their religious beliefs by paying for drugs and devices that could terminate life, or pay huge fines

Regarding constitutional interpretation, Gorsuch explained in a speech that a justice’s job is “to apply the law as it is, focusing backward, not forward, and looking to text, structure, and history to decide what a reasonable reader at the time of the events in question would have understood the law to be — not to decide cases based on their own moral convictions or the policy consequences they believe might serve society best.”

He is Against the Legalization of Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia. “It is an argument premised on the idea that all human beings are intrinsically valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong,” he writes.

Gorsuch has not made any sort of ruling on abortion, nor has he commented publicly on the issue. This has lead to some within the pro-life community questioning Gorsuch’s qualifications and saying that he won’t be adequately anti-abortion.

Understandably, Democrats feel different about this (or any) nomination Trump would nominate. “This is a stolen seat. This is the first time a Senate majority has stolen a seat,” Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley told Politico, referring to the fact that Republicans refused to hold a vote on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. “We will use every lever in our power to stop this.”

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