Protecting the Supreme Court

Following Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, it’s more urgent than ever for Americans to push for justices who understand how our laws influence all Americans.

Donald Trump and his Republican enablers in the Senate have eviscerated institutional safeguards to stack our nation’s courts with lifetime judges whose extreme agendas would only serve the wealthy and powerful.

Supreme Court justices should understand that the Constitution protects all of us, not just the wealthy and privileged. As we enter a new era of an extreme far-right Court that includes two Trump-nominated justices, it’s never been more critical to continue to fight for a Supreme Court that is committed to protecting and enforcing equality and justice for all.

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A Far-Right Court

There are several cases in the 2019-2020 term on the Court’s docket that given Trump-appointed Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh the opportunity to impose their far-right ideology on the nation:

  • Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California; Trump v. NAACP and McAleenan v. Vidal would revoke DACA protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.
  • Bostock v. Clayton County; Altitude Express v. Zarda and R.G. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC all have an enormous impact on workplace discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.
  • June Medical v. Gee challenges a Louisiana TRAP law (“targeted regulation of abortion providers”) nearly identical to 2016’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, where Justice Kennedy provided the fifth vote.

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Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears

Since 2017, PFAW’s Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears blog series has covered Trump-appointed Supreme Court Justices’ Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh troubling votes and decisions, highlighting select cases in which Trump judges dissented or split from their colleagues on legal rights in key areas including voting rights, LGBTQ+ equality, racial equity, reproductive rights, the rights of working people, checks and balances on presidential power, repealing the New Deal and more.

PFAW launched a new corresponding interactive tool to allow progressive activists to sort by issue area or by judge to see, at a glance, Gorsuch’s and Kavanaugh’s bad rulings in each issue area and get a clearer picture of their individual impact on important rights.

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