A couple days ago, Brett Kavanaugh was officially sworn in as an associate justice for the United States Supreme Court. Leading up to this moment were allegations on sexual assault and an investigation that looked to into it. But now, he plays a vital role on the most important court in America.
Before his nomination, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and stated that Kavanugh sexually assaulted her in high school. After, two other women also gave their testimonies in which Kavanaugh strongly denied the accusations made against him.
The hearing was a replication of what happened to Anita Hill against Clarence Thomas in 1991, where there was an investigation but the allegation was unfounded and Thomas was given the position. It goes to show how history repeats itself but nothing is done to actually change it.
From now on, many things will change in the Supreme Court and it will bring on a more conservative outlook for most cases they take on. Women and minorities will be greatly impacted with their decisions and reproductive rights.
How This Will Impact Women
Many people think it will take longer to overturn Roe Vs. Wade with Kavanaugh in the Supreme Court. He has made statements with his disassociation with Roe and how women’s issues make him uncomfortable. If there are more restrictions made, many women will not be able to get abortions.
Immigration and LGBTQ Community
The Supreme Court may take on cases involving DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or gay rights and how discrimination of sex can effect employees and the hiring process. Immigration and the LBGTQ community are issues where we should be paying attention to but we haven’t been. With Kavanaugh on the chair, it will become stricter because of Republican priority.
According to CNN, “In 2011, Kavanaugh dissented from a majority opinion of the DC Circuit that upheld a ban that applied to semiautomatic rifles in the District of Columbia. In his dissent, he wrote that the Supreme Court had previously “held that handguns — the vast majority of which today are semiautomatic — are constitutionally protected because they have not traditionally been banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens.”
This goes to show that even if hand guns are common, many people use them without a license and some don’t even know how to. It creates a more dangerous environment when a concept like this is not regulated.
In the End
I think women are upset with this decision, after what happen to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. They know now that their rights are going to be limited even through women spoke up about their assaults and what they went through.
Even though it is male dominated, women are feeling more empowered than ever and they will never stop fighting for their equal rights. We have been doing this for a long time and something like this will not stop us from speaking up.
Yes, its going to be time of conservatism and restriction. But soon, there will be a time for us women and we will be given what we deserve, just like our right to vote.