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Meet Some Of Trump’s Scariest SCOTUS Picks

Whomever is elected President will more than likely be appointing the next Supreme Court Justice—and as we saw in the last debate, there’s a lot separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton when it comes to who they would appoint to the nation’s highest court, and a lot at risk with a potential Trump nominee.

In May, Donald Trump released a list of his top picks for the position, and a finalized list in September. Of the 21 potential nominees, 19 are white and only four are women. All have conservative views on issues such as abortion and LGBT rights—however, these are a few of the most dangerous.

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LaDawna Howard / Creative Commons

Steve Colloton, appointed by George W. Bush, has been a member of the eighth district Court of Appeals since 2003. In his time on the bench he’s actively opposed abortion: In 2008, Colloton and the eight district were responsible for reinstating a law that requires abortion providers in South Dakota to incorrectly inform patients of a link between abortion and suicide. The eighth district also challenged the Affordable Care Act contraception provision, allowing businesses to deny employees access to birth control coverage.

William Pryor, a former attorney in Alabama, is currently a member of the 11th district Court of Appeals. Pryor is anti-abortion even in cases of rape or incest. In addition, he sides with religious objectors of birth control coverage.

Diane Sykes was appointed to her current position in the seventh district of the Court of Appeals by George W. Bush. In reference to Christian Legal Society v. Walker, Sykes stated that anti-LGBT groups should have the constitutional right to receive government subsidies. Sykes also authored an opinion that employers may deny employees birth control coverage.

Raymond Gruender, like Colloton, is a member of the eighth district Court of Appeals. He supported decisions to reinstate anti-abortion laws in South Dakota and challenge the Affordable Care Act and voted to end federal monitoring of  desegregation efforts in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Thomas Lee is an Associate Chief Justice in the Supreme Court of Utah. In the case of Carranza v. United States, 2011 UT 80, Lee authored an opinion classifying a fetus as a minor in an effort to restrict the legal right to abortion.

Mike Lee, of Utah, is one of the most staunch opponents to LGBT rights currently in the senate. Lee sponsored the First Amendment Defense Act, which is the discriminatory bill that would allow business owners to deny goods and services to same-sex couples.

Charles Canady is a Justice in the Supreme Court of Florida. Justice Canady has a history as an opponent of same-sex marriage as far back as 1996. He is possible best-known for leading the eight-year fight to ban “partial-birth” abortions—a term he coined that is not recognized medically but has become a catch-phrase of anti-abortion extremists.

Katy Howell