Kirsten Gillibrand Pledges to Only Nominate Judges Who Agree With Roe v. Wade

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Kirsten Gillibrand pledged to only nominate judges that would uphold Roe v. Wade in response to Georgia’s governor. Brian Kemp signing the bill that bans abortions after a heartbeat is detected. Though this is abnormal for a candidate to take such a stand on judiciary matters, after Donald Trump has continued to “nominate dozens of ideologically extreme judges hand-picked by far-right think tanks,” she feels she has no choice.

However, this is not the first judiciary pledge. Candidates like Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, and Kirsten Gillibrand have all expressed an openness the idea of adding more seats to the Supreme Court. In addition to this, several candidates are supporting term limits for judges. The candidates recognize that we will need to reform our courts in some form. Pete Buttigieg said in a past town hall, that we need to stop the Supreme Court from “sliding toward being viewed as a nakedly political institution.”

Gillibrand’s choice to only nominate judges supporting Roe v. Wade goes in hand with her campaign which has heavily revolved around a feminist message. “I have always stood up to protect women’s access to safe and legal abortion, birth control and health care at Planned Parenthood. I’ve vowed to overturn President Trump’s domestic gag rule — which prevents doctors from giving their patients information about the full range of reproductive health care — on day one of my presidency,” Gillibrand wrote in her Medium post. “And as president, I will protect our courts from anti-choice extremists.”

Click here to read the full 05/07/2019 article by Elena Schneider from Politico.

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