WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Neil Gorsuch will be the next justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
After a long battle, the full Senate voted Friday 54–45 to confirm Gorsuch to the High Court bench. This may have far-reaching consequences for Court jurisprudence moving forward, with the likelihood that the High Court is only one vote away from overturning Roe v. Wade and many of the other of the Court's most abhorrent decisions from the past 60 years.
Democrats staged a filibuster over the Gorsuch vote Thursday. When Senate Republicans were unable to muster 60 votes to overcome the filibuster, they set in motion the "nuclear option," which changes the rules for cloture, bringing the vote down from a supermajority to a simple majority.
The vote to change Senate rules split along party lines, 52–48. After that, the Senate voted again to end the filibuster, succeeding in a vote of 55–45.
Gorsuch is expected to be a solid conservative on the Court. He is a firm originalist who has called into question some of the Court's most popular opinions from the past 60 years, including Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, which created constitutional rights to abortion, and Griswold v. Connecticut, which created a right to contraceptive use within marriage.
Gorsuch's thinking has been affected by Catholic philosopher John Finnis from Oxford University. Finnis is an orthodox Catholic and natural law advocate. Gorsuch based much of his work against assisted suicide on Finnis' believe in the intrinsic value of human life.
Gorsuch's nomination forced Republicans to acknowledge the true partisan nature of the nomination process. Some Republicans like Lindsey Graham are offering eulogies for the days when a jurist like Antonin Scalia was confirmed 98-0 based on his credentials. But everyone is acknowledging the partisan nature of the Supreme Court, and that its role as a "superlegislature" is more important than its supposed impartiality and prestige.