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Here is How the New Supreme Court Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, Has Ruled on Health Issues

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.