'Roe v Wade is dead': CNN legal analyst says Trump's new SCOTUS pick marks death knell for abortion rights
Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Tuesday didn't mince words about what President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court meant for the future of reproductive rights in the United States.


"'Roe v. Wade' is dead," Toobin said during a CNN panel discussion of Kavanaugh's appointment. "There is no way abortion is going to be legal in all 50 states in a few years. I mean, as Donald Trump said during the campaign over and over again, I will appoint pro-life justices who will vote to overturn 'Roe v. Wade.' Why do you think he picked Brett Kavanaugh? Why do you think he picked Neil Gorsuch? Because they will overturn 'Roe v. Wade.'"

Elsewhere in the panel, CNN host John Berman pointed out that Kavanaugh's history suggests that he will be a partisan right-wing judge and not someone who dispassionately tries to interpret the law on a neutral basis.

"Don't forget that Kavanaugh was a Republican street fighter," Berman said. "This is a guy that did the [2000 presidential recount], and before that [he worked with Whitewater special counsel] Ken Starr. When he was first nominated for the appeals court, Democrats fought him back because they believed him to be too partisan."

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