President Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.
OUR TAKE: Gorsuch is an absolutely superb choice.
Gorsuch, 49, was appointed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver by President George W. Bush. He has an outstanding track record of faithfully applying the law and defending the Constitution — including in two cases where he ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor — upholding religious liberty for all.
This is the fight we have been waiting for!
Here are several reasons why CatholicVote supports the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:
- Gorsuch is well-regarded as a top legal mind and is considered to be one of the best writers on the federal bench. He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School — and later studied at Oxford where he completed a doctorate in philosophy under renowned Catholic natural law scholar John Finnis.
- While he has never ruled directly on an abortion case, in his 2006 book exploring the legal questions involved in assisted suicide, Gorsuch observed that: “In Roe, the Court explained that, had it found the fetus to be a ‘person’ for purposes of the Fourteenth Amendment, it could not have created a right to abortion because no constitutional basis exists for preferring the mother’s liberty interests over the child’s life.”
- In that same book, Gorsuch wrote: “human life is fundamentally and inherently valuable, and that the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.”
- Judge Gorsuch sided with pro-life Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on procedural grounds in his lawsuit against Planned Parenthood, which sued after they were cut off from state funding.
- On two separate court cases involving Obama’s notorious HHS mandate, Judge Gorsuch sided with Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor. He stressed the need of religious organizations to have broad freedom to determine the requirements of their faith.
- In another religious liberty case Summum v. Pleasant Grove City, Judge Gorsuch wrote that the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause did not prevent local governments from honoring religious speech through a Ten Commandments monument. And when the Supreme Court ultimately took the same side as Judge Gorsuch, it was Justice Scalia who “articulated very similar views” to Gorsuch, according to SCOTUSBlog.
Perhaps the best articulation of Neil Gorsuch’s philosophy is an excellent article he wrote in 2005 for National Review. Gorsuch wrote: “[R]ather than use the judiciary for extraordinary cases … American liberals have become addicted to the courtroom, relying on judges and lawyers rather than elected leaders and the ballot box, as the primary means of effecting their social agenda on everything from gay marriage to assisted suicide to the use of vouchers for private-school education.”
This is a judge who gets it.
Gorsuch understands the role of the judiciary and its constitutional limits.
And he understands the three most important words of the Constitution.
“We the People.”