Trump’s SCOTUS Picks Poised to Deliver on Abortion

( When Donald Trump ran in 2016, he vowed to appoint Supreme Court Justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade. And with Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, thanks to President Trump’s three picks, the US Supreme Court could very well be poised to do just that.

During oral arguments over Mississippi’s abortion law last week, the questions and comments from Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Coney-Barrett seemed to signal support for upholding the Mississippi law.

Many have argued that Trump’s most significant legacy as president was transforming the court by nominating Constitutionalists and originalists, not just to the Supreme Court, but throughout the federal judiciary.

During last Wednesday’s oral arguments, all six conservative justices indicated a willingness to let the Mississippi law stand, which could inevitably lead to overturning the bad precedent set in Roe.

Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Coney-Barrett expressed doubts over the legal underpinnings in the Roe decision. They, along with conservative justices Alito and Thomas questioned the need to adhere to the legal precedent known as stare decisis – or following judicial precedent.

Justice Gorsuch pointed out that the precedent set by Roe v. Wade has already been changed and limited in the 1992 SCOTUS ruling on Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.

Justice Kavanaugh pointed out the blazingly obvious point pro-abortion advocates ignore – namely, an issue as divisive as abortion should be determined by legislators duly elected by the people and not through judicial fiat.

During her Senate confirmation last year, Justice Coney-Barrett said that Roe was not a “super-precedent” that should never be overturned. During oral arguments, Barrett returned to the point that certain precedents should be more difficult to overrule than others.

When the SCOTUS ruled in the 1992 Casey case, moderates on the court united to reaffirm abortion “rights.” However, with Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, the make-up of the court is significantly different.

And that’s in large part thanks to former President Donald Trump and Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell.

The ruling for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health is not expected until the end of June 2022.