Trump has a new Supreme Court nominee. Here's how he's ruled on health issues
President Trump is nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh will face a contentious confirmation process in Congress. Here’s a rundown of his background on key health care issues:
Abortion: As an appeals court judge in the D.C. circuit, Kavanaugh issued a dissent in last fall's Garza v. Hargan, the fierce fight over an immigrant teen’s right to access an abortion. But some conservatives have said his argument didn’t go far enough.
Experimental drug access: Kavanaugh sided with the majority in a 2007 appeals court ruling that determined patients with terminal illnesses do not have a constitutional right to access unapproved drugs that have only been through Phase 1 trials.
FDA authority: In a 2013 decision, Kavanaugh and his colleagues ruled the agency was right to deny a request to fast-track the approval of two medical devices. Kavanaugh wrote that "a court is ill-equipped to second-guess that kind of agency scientific judgment."
Contraception: In a 2015 dissent, Kavanaugh argued that Obamacare’s contraception coverage mandate impedes the rights of religious organizations, but noted the government has a "compelling interest" in ensuring contraception access for employees of those organizations.