Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh heard his first cases yesterday, and if his actions are any indication, Amy Coney Barrett would have been a much better choice.
The Supreme Court declined to review three cases relating to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood at the state level Monday, over a vigorous dissent from Justice Clarence Thomas.
The dissent was significant because it indicates that Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the high court’s liberal wing to deny review of a lower court decision that favored the nation’s largest abortion provider.
Thankfully, we still have rock-ribbed conservatives like Clarence Thomas sitting on the bench, and he took the liberals to task for refusing the case.
“So what explains the Court’s refusal to do its job here?,” Thomas wrote. “I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named ‘Planned Parenthood.’”
“Some tenuous connection to a politically fraught issue does not justify abdicating our judicial duty,” Thomas added. “If anything, neutrally applying the law is all the more important when political issues are in the background.”
So, in effect, the liberals – including Roberts and Kavanaugh – are forcing citizens to pay for Planned parenthood, no matter what their religious beliefs or personal opinions are on the organization. Local talk show host Chris Stigall had an interesting theory on Kavanaugh’s actions. The left destroyed him during the confirmation hearings, and instead of fighting back, he’s now cowed.
Expect Kavanaugh to be a solid liberal vote from here on out.