U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was welcomed for his formal investiture ceremony Thursday, joined by President Donald Trump, his wife and the other high court justices.
He previously served on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C. for more than a decade, where he developed an extensive record of protecting religious liberty and enforcing restrictions on abortion. Pro-life leaders believe he will do the same on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Thursday was his formal swearing-in ceremony. The AP reports President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, retired Justice Anthony Kennedy and others attended the short ceremony. Every current justice attended except Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently fell and broke several ribs.
Bloomberg reports more about the event:
Kavanaugh’s appointment, Trump’s second to the high court, has created the most conservative Supreme Court bench in generations.
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Trump watched from the audience, hands clasped in front of him and leaning forward, as the court’s clerk read Kavanaugh’s commission, a ceremonial conclusion to the drama over the nomination. Chief Justice John Roberts, appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, extended a “very warm welcome” to Kavanaugh and wished him ”a long and happy career.”
Pro-abortion groups have labeled Kavanaugh a “serious threat” to “women’s right” to abortion. They spent huge amounts lobbying against him and persuading protesters to interrupt his confirmation hearings.
Specifically, Kavanaugh ruled against the Obamacare HHS mandate that forced Hobby Lobby, Little Sisters of the Poor and other Christian employers to fund abortion drugs in their employee health care plans. Recently, he also ruled against the ACLU in a case that would have forced the Trump administration to help facilitate abortions for underage illegal immigrants and refugees.
His rulings upholding religious liberties and free speech have received a lot of praise from pro-life and conservative groups.
With conservative justices now in the majority on the high court, pro-life leaders are hopeful that they will begin to restore protections for unborn babies in America.