Sarah Kate Purnell
Early last week, President Donald Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch to fill deceased Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court.
Gorsuch, a 49 year- old- Republican, has a traditional lineage for the Supreme Court. Gorsuch graduated from Columbia, Harvard and Oxford universities, and clerked for two Supreme Court justices. Since 2006, Gorsuch has served on the tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado.
Gorsuch carries a reputation of being in favor of religious-freedoms rights. In the case between Hobby Lobby versus Sebelius over whether religious non-profit organizations could deny employees contraceptives if it opposed their beliefs or not, Gorsuch sided with the religious non-profit organizations.
Additionally, Gorsuch authored a law journal and book expressing his fierce opposition to assisted suicide.
In a 2016 case regarding the NCMEC violating the Fourth Amendment in the investigation of a user’s’ email for child pornography without a warrant, Gorsuch defended that it was within their Fourth Amendment rights that the NCMEC had the appropriate power to conduct the search.
Merrick Garland, Obama’s nomination for the seat during his Presidency, differed from Gorsuch in many views and in ideological bent. Garland, a 64 year-old Democrat, is described to favor the government in criminal cases.
However, there was much unknown about Garland, such as his views on reproductive rights or his thoughts on separation of church and state.
According to biography.com, Gorsuch, much like Scalia, is considered a “textualist” and interprets the law quite literally.
“Outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline, and he’s earned bipartisan support.” Gorsuch is “a man who our country needs badly to ensure the rule of law.” Trump described Gorsuch on Tuesday.
“The real appeal of Gorsuch nomination is he’s likely to be the most effective conservative nominee in terms of winning over Anthony Kennedy and forging conservative decisions on the court,” said Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center, Josh Gerstein of Politico recorded.
While many Republicans are looking forward to Gorsuch’s seat on the Supreme Court, Gorsuch has many Democratic challengers.
Chuck Shumer, current senior senator, strongly opposes Trump’s appointment.
According to biography.com, Schumer has publicly accused Gorsuch of continuously siding with large corporations versus their employees, having little support for women’s rights and most strongly for having “hewed to an ideological approach to jurisprudence” that makes Schumer skeptical of his ability to perform strongly and independently in the justice of the court.
“Neil Gorsuch is just the latest in a series of horrible choices by Donald Trump.” ProgressNow Colorado Executive Director Ian Silverii shared, according to the DenverPost, “Gorsuch’s fringe views on health care and contraception make him an enemy of Colorado women. On the Supreme Court, Gorsuch would be a vote to roll back women’s rights, environmental protections, and hard-won protections against discrimination in the workplace.”