WASHINGTON, D.C.—People For the American Way today released a new report, “Supreme Court Term 2018-2019: An Ultra-Conservative Majority,” detailing the impact of key rulings by the nation’s highest court.
Below is an excerpt from the report summary:
The Supreme Court term that ended in June 2019 demonstrated the profound influence of replacing Anthony Kennedy with Brett Kavanaugh. With the Court’s fair-minded constitutionalists—Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan—in the minority, the ultra-conservatives are taking steps to cement their movement’s political power and reverse many of the advances that protect our health, our jobs, and our most basic constitutional rights.
The current majority is the product of decades of investment by wealthy interests into the creation and growth of an elaborate network of organizations established to advance radical right-wing theories about the law. This is not the Court that struck down segregated schools, recognized abortion rights, put meaning into the Bill of Rights, and protected the mechanisms of our democracy. Instead, it is the Court that consistently protects Republican interests and threatens to dismantle the New Deal.
The full report is available on PFAW’s website.
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.