Uh-oh. Trump isn’t going to be happy with Neil Gorsuch today.
On the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Trump’s pick to fill the vacant seat left on the Supreme Court by the late Antonin Scalia said he accepts the ruling in Roe v. Wade “as the law of the land.”
Gorsuch, who never officially stated his stance regarding the right of a woman to decide what she does with her own body, finally did so on Wednesday, according to reports from The Hill.
Many liberals were hesitant that Gorsuch — who is considered a conservative and largely supported by the GOP — would be opposed to abortions and attempt to overturn the ruling of Roe v. Wade. In fact, he authored a book called The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, in which he said the “intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.”
When Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked Gorsuch how his sentiment presented in the book would align with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, Gorsuch told Durbin:
‘As the book explains, the Supreme Court of the United States has held in Roe v. Wade that a fetus is not a person for purposes of the 14th Amendment and the book explains that.’
Durbin pressed Gorsuch, saying,
‘Do you accept that?’
That’s when Gorsuch responded with what probably made Vice-President Mike Pench blow a gasket before subsequently dropping to his news to pray to almighty Lord Jesus himself:
‘I accept the law of the land, Senator, yes.’
Wednesday’s hearing will likely be Gorsuch’s final day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. According to The Washington Post, Gorsuch made it clear he will put the integrity of the judicial system before political affiliations, which includes distancing himself from President Trump.
On Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham asked Gorsuch if Trump ever asked him to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade, to which the Supreme Court nominee responded:
‘No, I would have walked out the door. That’s not what judges do.’
The landmark case was ruled on back in 1973, when the Supreme Court affirmed abortion to be a woman’s legal right under the United States Constitution.
When Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) pressed Gorsuch on Tuesday about his stance regarding Roe v. Wade, Gorsuch highlighted the precedent involved in such a controversial case:
‘Part of the value of precedent — and it has lots of value, it has value in and of itself, because it is our history and our history has value intrinsically. But it also has an instrumental value in this sense: it adds to the determinacy of law. Once a case is settled, that adds to the determinacy of the law. What was once a hotly contested issue is no longer a hotly contested issue. We move forward.’
Watch a clip of Gorsuch’s comments regarding Roe v. Wade below, via the Wall Street Journal/YouTube:
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