Kavanaugh: What His Appointment Means for the US

After the Senate vote of 50-48, Brett Kavanaugh was appointed to the Supreme Court on October 6, 2018. Allegations made by Christie Blasey Ford claiming that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago brought the nomination under close scrutiny by many Americans.


Conservative politicians see Kavanaugh’s election as a huge win for their political agenda. Kavanaugh has stated that he is in support of  Roe v. Wade (a court case which gave women the right to have abortions) for its significance in Supreme Court history. Despite this support for women’s choice, he expressed the opinion that businesses should have the right to not cover birth control for religious reasons.


He has been against further regulation of guns. Kavanaugh also supported a North Carolina law that requires voters to show government-issued photo ID. This was controversial and viewed as voter oppression by some because roughly 8% of African American voters in the state do not have that type of ID.


For conservatives, this confirmation is a victory. Kavanaugh is likely to support their thinking and rule in favor of Republicans priorities. For liberals, these same views seem to restrict the rights of women and people of color. Restricted access to birth control and illegal abortions would put more pressure on women, particularly poor women who can’t afford birth control in the first place. Currently, many women go to Planned Parenthood for information and contraceptives; however, funding threats to that organization are further damaging women, particularly those of limited resources.  


Kavanaugh replaced Justice Kennedy, who was a swing vote, which means the court has a more conservative-lean than it has in past years. With primarily conservative members, future decisions will be more likely see an upswing in the revision of laws concerning contraceptives, voting, and gun rights.