President Trump has selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The announcement is sure to ignite a firestorm in an already hotly-contested confirmation process, since Kavanaugh worked for Ken Starr on Bill Clinton’s impeachment and later worked closely with President George W. Bush.
Judge Kavanaugh has a mixed record on pro-life issues. In 2006, he stated that he would uphold Roe v. Wade, and he ruled against a pro-life protestor in front of the White House. But he also sided with opponents of the contraceptive coverage mandate in Obamacare, and he voted to deny an abortion to a minor in federal immigration custody.
Brad Dacus, president of PJI, commented, “We found Judge Kavanaugh to be fair and faithful to the Constitution in our inauguration prayer case. At the same time, there are important unanswered questions about his jurisprudence in other areas. We look forward to a rigorous confirmation process that will hopefully assure us President Trump has kept his promise to appoint Justices who interpret the Constitution as written and not as they wish it to be.”