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Trump to Try to Replace Kennedy Before Midterms – Roe v Wade, LGBT Rights Could Be Overturned: Experts

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President Donald Trump, minutes after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, told reporters he will nominate a replacement from his list of 25 judges (below) and push for confirmation before the November midterms.

Justice Kennedy’s retirement literally puts abortion rights, same-sex marriage and other LGBT rights at stake, according to experts. In short, with a second Trump justice on the nation’s highest court, the landscape of American society could be mutated into a far right religious extremist’s dream.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti makes clear that Roe v. Wade could be overturned.

Writing at Vox, Dylan Matthews makes what’s at stake clear, saying that The Supreme Court without Justice Court without Kennedy is likely to:

Overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states (and maybe the federal government too) to ban most or all abortions.
Reject challenges to capital punishment and solitary confinement.
Rule in favor of religious challenges to anti-discrimination law, and perhaps, in an extreme case, reverse some past Supreme Court rulings on gay rights.
Bar government actors from engaging in explicit race-based affirmative action.

Democrats could try to block any vote on a new Supreme Court justice until after the midterm elections, but the chances of that happening are slim.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says, “We will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor this fall.”

Here’s Trump list of 25 potential replacements, each worse than the next:

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Alabama Republicans Pass Bill Making All Abortions–Except for Health Reasons–Illegal From Point of Conception

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Republicans in the Alabama Senate late Tuesday night passed a bill making nearly all abortions illegal, with the specific goal of having the law challenged in the courts and ultimately, they hope, overturning Roe v. Wade.

The “Human Life Protection Act” bans all abortions from the point of conception, with the only exclusion being in the case of “a serious health risk” for the mother. Abortions for rape and incest are also banned.

Doctors who perform an abortion in Alabama under the bill could be sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Republicans in the House passed the bill last week.

It now heads to Republican Governor Kay Ivey’s desk. She has yet to indicate if she will sign it.

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‘Roe v. Wade Is Doomed’: Legal Twitter Explodes as SCOTUS Justice Warns Conservatives Will Overturn Landmark Cases

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on Monday issued what’s being called a “warning siren” Monday, strongly suggesting landmark civil rights cases, perhaps Roe v. Wade, or Planned Parenthood v. Casey, or maybe Brown v. Board of Education are increasingly likely to be overturned by the Trump-reshaped far-right SCOTUS.

“Today’s decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next,” Breyer wrote in a dissent of a case handed down Monday, overturning decades of Supreme Court precedent.

Here’s one civil rights attorney’s quick explanation:

These bills are direct assaults on Roe v. Wade. Experts know if some will become law, will get challenged, and ultimately will wind up in the federal courts – which are growing increasingly conservative – and ultimately, at the Supreme Court.

It’s important to put Justice Breyer’s warning in context. As NBC News’s Heidi Przybyla notes, “More than 300 proposals to restrict abortion have been introduced in states between January and March of this year.”

Many legal experts weighed in on Twitter, making clear Justice Breyer’s warning must be taken seriously.

Here’s CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, saying Breyer’s warning means the Supreme Court case that found women have a right to abortion is “doomed.”

Professor of Law, University of Michigan School of Law:

Former Obama White House Counsel’s Office attorney:

Attorney and writer at Slate:

Former Buzzfeed News Legal Editor:

President, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

Reuters’ Supreme Court reporter:

 

 

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‘Fox & Friends’ in Meltdown Over Taking ‘God Out of Everything’ in America: ‘Where Have We Come as a Country?’

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Ainsley Earhardt Suggests Disappearance of God in American Discourse Has Led to Shootings at Churches and Synagogues

“Fox & Friends” was very focused on God – specifically, the Christian God of the Bible – on Tuesday morning. In one segment the Fox News AM crew used the Bible to interpret the “top topics” of the day, while another focused on what the hosts and a guest claimed is the disappearance of God in America.

Using a week-old story about a Pennsylvania elementary school that has stopped saying, “God bless America” after the Pledge of Allegiance is read over the school’s PA system, “Fox & Friends” invited an attorney from an anti-LGBT Christian law firm on to offer his opinion.

“I’m wondering if they’re so upset about the phrase ‘God Bless America,’ is the school district there in Pennsylvania, that is frankly not too far away from where those flights went down on 9/11, are they going to get rid of the dollar bills that have in God we trust on them?” Jeremy Dys, the Deputy General Counsel for the anti-LGBT organization First Liberty, asked.

“Are they going to start punishing teachers for saying ‘God bless you’ to students that sneeze in the hallway? This is absurd and it should be treated as absurd. When people say ‘the grass is pink,’ it’s not based on any kind of reality, just like they say ‘God bless America is unconstitutional,’ there is no reality that supports that.”

“Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt was quick to weigh in.

“As a Christian my faith is extremely important to me. When I think about taking God out of America, it really saddens me because I feel like we need Him,” she said.

Earhardt appeared to suggest that less people saying “God bless America,” or invoking God’s name has somehow lead to more shootings in churches and synagogues.

“When you have shootings in synagogues, shootings in churches, and you have to get wanded before you walk in to a church now. Where have we come as a country? What’s going to happen if we continue to push this narrative to take God out of everything?”

Dys added, “I fear. I fear for our country, if we were to get rid of these things entirely.”

He called it “a danger to our society” if America gets rid of “any kind of utterance of religion in public.”

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