As President Trump has long promised to nominate only Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, his nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, will likely do so, according to Dawn Laguens in The Hill. Kavanaugh’s record backs up this notion, as he has already ruled to restrict access to legal abortions. One year ago, he tried to block a young undocumented woman in U.S. custody from accessing a legal abortion, even after she had cleared legal challenges in Texas. His willingness to use his power to try to block this woman’s right to a legal abortion suggests he'll try to do the same for women nationwide. He has also ruled against women’s access to birth control, believing that bosses have the right to deny employees birth control coverage based on their own personal beliefs. Such instances suggest that he will not uphold Roe v. Wade.
Given Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s conservative record and potential to replace Justice Kennedy’s swing vote on the Supreme Court, the Left’s concerns that he will overturn Roe V. Wade is understandable but not necessarily reasonable, argues Trevor Burrus in CNN. Roe v. Wade will most likely not be overturned, mainly because no Supreme Court Justice, especially not a new one, will want to go against widespread public opinion. Regarding abortion specifically, recent public opinion polls show that 57% of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to Burrus, who adds that Kavanaugh is possibly the most mainstream conservative of any judge that Trump could have picked as a Supreme Court nominee. Therefore, he will likely be demonstrating judicial restraint, meaning that Roe v. Wade will be safe.