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State Assembly candidate, Right to Life Central California react to SCOTUS pick

FRESNO, Calif. - A historic moment, President Donald Trump nominating judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, Kavanaugh promising to keep an open mind. 

Conservatives, like John Gerardi with Right to Life of Central California, applauding the pick, especially when it comes to speculated rulings on abortion legislation.

"It's not going to be some enormous attack on women's rights, on reproductive rights," Gerardi said. "Really, it just gives our state governments the ability to regulate abortion in a more reasonable manner, that's consistent with the rest of the world."

Others, worried, how Kavanaugh would side on women's rights or equality.

Aileen Rizo is running for the California State Assembly and has her own equal-pay case in the 9th circuit.

"I am worried some, if that does go to the Supreme Court," Rizo said. "What will that mean for working women and households across America, who depend on the working woman's paycheck?"

Fresno State professor Ali Masood  studies justices and their written opinions. He says Kavanaugh is highly cited and has ruled on hot issues, including abortion for undocumented immigrants. 

"He he had a political career, he worked in the Bush White House and worked under Justice Kennedy," Masood said. "You get a sense of how someone might write, how someone might vote, based on who you worked for as well, because you're certainly influenced by them, as well."

Masood believes Kavanaugh would fall to the right of Justice Gorsuch.

Reporting in Fresno, Megan Rupe. 


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