Donald Trump’s legacy is on the line.
And it’s in the hands of the Supreme Court.
And Amy Coney Barrett did something to the Supreme Court that Trump never expected.
When Donald Trump ran for president in 2016 Trump sealed the deal with the conservative base by promising to only nominate Supreme Court justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade.
In his four years Trump saw the Senate confirm Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
Now the rubber met the road.
The Supreme Court already heard oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health where a dispute over Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban could lead to the wholesale rejection of the wrongly decided Roe v. Wade case.
Everyone is looking for clues about how that case – the most direct challenge to Roe in a generation – will shake out.
The justices finally released their decision in a suit brought by Texas abortion mills and the Biden administration.
Pro-abortion forces sued to block Texas’s law that bans abortion after six weeks by allowing citizens to file lawsuits against abortion clinics seeking $10,000 in damages if the clinics perform abortions after six weeks.
The conservative justices flexed their muscles in once again leaving the law in place and narrowing the ability of pro-abortion zealots to challenge the law in court.
A 9-0 decision rejected any attempt to sue the justices presiding over civil suits brought against abortion clinics.
Amy Coney Barrett provided the deciding vote in a 5 to 4 ruling blocking abortion providers from suing the attorney general of the state of Texas.
The justices did allow abortion mills to sue Texas licensing officials.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin expressed dismay over the outcome as everyone thought the justices would take the easy way out and stay the Texas law until they handed down their decision in the Dobbs case.
Instead, the justices left the Texas law in place which led Toobin to remark just how drastically Donald Trump changed the Supreme Court.
“It means things are up for grabs,” Toobin stated. “This is a very different court than even the one that greeted Donald Trump when he was elected in 2016. The fact that Anthony Kennedy is gone, the fact that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is gone, and replaced by very strong conservatives means that a lot is changing very quickly.”
Donald Trump replaced Anthony Kennedy with Brett Kavanaugh and Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Barrett.
Ginsburg was considered the leading voice of the pro-abortion movement on the Supreme Court.
And Kennedy was the author of the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision which reaffirmed Roe v. Wade.
Trump clearly shifted the court to the right and provided a more favorable set of justices for pro-life advocates.
But Toobin warned liberals that abortion was not the only hot button issue the conservative majority could take on.
Toobin noted the court would hear a major Second Amendment case to expand gun rights and could still yet agree to hear a case that would end affirmative action.
“The Supreme Court may yet address affirmative action … the conservatives have wanted to end affirmative action. Conservatives have wanted to expand the understanding of the Second Amendment to ban most forms of gun control. That’s very much in front of the court this year, abortion, as we said,” Toobin added.
Toobin declared elections have consequences and Donald Trump winning the 2016 election would have far-reaching consequences for American life as Trump’s victory led to a rightward shift on the Supreme Court.
“These are all issues where the Supreme Court appears to be making radical changes in what our understanding of the Constitution means. As John McCain always liked to say, elections have consequences,” Toobin stated before adding “and the election of Donald Trump had a very big consequence on the Supreme Court.”
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