Walker Doubts Roe v. Wade at Risk
Governor says new Supreme Court justice unlikely to overturn Roe, make abortion illegal in state.
Despite concerns from Democratic lawmakers, Gov. Scott Walker says he isn’t convinced that President Donald Trump‘s second U.S. Supreme Court pick will open the door to overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision.
Speaking to reporters after an Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Walker said Trump’s nominee, U.S. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is a principled jurist committed to upholding the constitution. But critics worry the pick could tip the nation’s high court in a way that leads to the overturning of the decision that blocked states from banning abortions.
“I think there’s a lot of speculation and this is a guy who part of his experience is he clerked for Justice Kennedy,” said Walker. “So for those who suggest he’s going to be a stark contrast, most clerks are pretty well aligned with the person they clerk for. His track record suggests he’s going to uphold the constitution and if he does that I don’t expect there’ll be major changes.”
“My guess is the one thing that seems pretty clear is that anything like that wouldn’t happen immediately,” said Walker. “You’re talking years. So, probably any sort of change wouldn’t have any impact for me and other state officials until long after the term I’m running for is over.”
Democrats and abortion rights supporters in Wisconsin are condemning Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
“If he is not blocked, Brett Kavanaugh will be the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and do what Scott Walker has been trying to do for 25 years: criminalize women having abortions,” said Analiese Eicher of the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kelda Roys, who is a past head of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, said Kavanaugh will be a “rubber-stamp” for Trump.
“This Supreme Court vacancy, and Trump’s pledge to appoint anti-choice justices, poses the clearest threat to reproductive rights in decades,” said Roys. “This appointment underscores the importance of electing a governor with a strong track record of championing women’s health. I have that record, and I have pledged to pardon anyone charged under Wisconsin’s current abortion ban, which will go into effect immediately if Roe is overturned.”
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Walker Not Convinced Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Will Lead To Roe V. Wade Being Overturned was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.