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Ivanka Trump Played A Role In The Overturning Of Roe v. Wade: Report

Though it may sound absurd at first mention, it turns out that Ivanka Trump also played a small role in making sure that Roe v. Wade is on the verge of being overturned by the Supreme Court, according to a fascinating new article from the Washington Post.

According to the report, then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had the Supreme Court on his mind when Trump was elected:

He soon called Donald McGahn, campaign counsel to the president-elect, who was slated to become the top White House lawyer. A week later, Leonard Leo, the head of the conservative Federalist Society and a McConnell ally, was sitting with the president-elect and his advisers in Trump Tower in New York with a list of six potential conservative nominees alphabetically typed onto a piece of personalized stationary, according to people familiar with the meeting, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reveal internal discussions.

Who was also at that meeting? Ivanka Trump, who later became a top White House adviser in her father’s administration:

As incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus and Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, came in and out of the room, Leo laid out a road map for Trump on the federal court system, potentially transforming the foundational understanding of rights in AmericaIt was a moment anti-abortion activists had been working toward for decades: The highest reaches of Republican power finally focused, in unison, on achieving the once implausible goal of revisiting the jurisprudence of the 1960s and 1970s, including Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

As a result of that meeting, Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett (all hardline conservative judges) to the highest court in the land, laying the groundwork for the potential end of legal abortion in the United States.

The leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion on abortion this past week showed that a majority of the court is now poised to do just that, with three of the five potential votes for overturning Roe coming from justices recommended by Leo, appointed by Trump and confirmed under the leadership of McConnell. At a lunch with more than a dozen others [in 2016] at the powerhouse law firm Jones Day, Trump said he wanted to make the Supreme Court a campaign priority, surprising some in the room, including Leo, a devout Catholic who regularly visits the Vatican. Leo told others it was easy to come up with list of judges that would please the Republican base because there were decades of conservative lawyers in the pipeline.

And now at least five of those conservatives are ready to relegate the United States to third world status when it comes to the issue of reproductive rights.

 

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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