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The selection of Supreme Court Justices is arguably one of the most important jobs any president has. A Justice’s impact, for better or for worse, can be felt for decades. That is why President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch for the Supreme Court is especially good news. Judge Gorsuch is a well-respected judge who was confirmed without opposition in 2006 to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, has a stellar judicial record, and was given a top rating by the American Bar Association at the time of his confirmation.
He is exactly the kind of judge that President Trump promised to nominate during his campaign, and exactly the kind of judge the American people want. He is a jurist, not an activist. For far too long the courts have run amok, legislating from the bench rather than ruling on existing law. Political extremists have counted on this and used it to their advantage by codifying their agenda into law through the courts rather than through the legislative process. Judge Gorsuch has spoken out against this practice saying that judges should rule according to the law rather than using their position to further their own political preference. In other words, he will be fair. He will rule according to the Constitution, as a Supreme Court Justice should.
The only reason to oppose Judge Gorsuch, would be a desire to continue pushing unpopular legal precedent on the American public. Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards has been among the most outspoken opponents of Judge Gorsuch. This is for good reason. Planned Parenthood relies heavily on the courts to stall, or entirely block legislation which reasonably limits the scope of abortion. A quick Google search will reveal the enormous number of times Planned Parenthood has used the courts to attempt to usurp the authority of state legislatures even though the Supreme Court has already agreed that reasonable limits to abortion are acceptable. The Supreme Court itself has said that states have “an important and legitimate interest in preserving and protecting the health of the pregnant woman… [and] in protecting the potentiality of human life.”
Whether it is recognizing the value of defending life at all stages, or standing up for the protection of religious liberties for groups like The Little Sisters of the Poor, Judge Gorsuch has proven that he will rule according to the Constitution, rather than wherever the political wind happens to be blowing. He is an ideal replacement for Justice Scalia and will serve the Supreme Court, and his country well.
by Debi Vandenboom