(FiveNation.com)- As a former president, Donald Trump no longer has official authority, but the Supreme Court is ensuring his legacy endures.
By deciding that the Constitution does not safeguard a right to an abortion, the court overturned nearly 50 years of precedent on Friday with a 6-3 vote. By a similar margin earlier in the week, the court invalidated a New York statute that severely restricted permits to carry concealed weapons and said those police officers could not be held liable for breaching a suspect’s Miranda rights.
All three of the Trump-appointed justices—Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett—voted yes in each case.
Mai El-Sadany, a human rights attorney in Washington who participated in a protest outside the Supreme Court after the abortion ruling, said that our human rights and fundamental individual rights had deteriorated so much in just a week. She believes it’s vital for people to understand that all of that is a part of Trump’s legacy.
Conservatives give Trump credit for the same reason liberals condemn him for picking justices who have fulfilled his vow to move the court to the political right. No judgment has more significant clout with them than the court’s Friday overturning of the 1973 Roe v. Wade verdict, which barred states from outlawing abortion.
According to Kellyanne Conway, a conservative pollster, and strategist who served as Trump’s White House advisor, the Trump-Pence administration was the most pro-life in history.
Conway, who discusses Trump and the anti-abortion movement in her recently released memoir “Here’s the Deal,” said that the legacy includes courageously nominating constitutionalist judges, including three to the U.S. Supreme Court, support of qualified women’s health centers and crisis pregnancy centers, respect for the sanctity of life, and scientific developments.
Trump first served as an odd spokesperson for pro-life supporters. In a 1999 interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, he described himself as “extremely pro-choice.” However, Trump changed when he ran for the Republican nomination in 2015 and 2016.
During a presidential debate in October of that year, Trump said that since he would nominate anti-abortion judges to the bench, the court would eventually reverse its Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Additionally, he made available lists of potential Supreme Court nominees reviewed by conservative activists.
His electoral alliance included many anti-abortion activists, and Trump has not let them down.