Richard G. Kopf is a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. President George H. W. Bush nominated Kopf to the seat in 1992 and he served as chief judge from 1999-2004. While serving, Kopf has made headlines by often siding with "big abortion." It perhaps comes as no surprise, then, that this judge is disgusted with the Supreme Court's recent decision to grant Hobby Lobby its religious freedom.
Reacting to the justices' decision in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell on his blog, Kopf suggested that the average person probably views the current Supreme Court as "misogynistic," and that their decision to exempt Hobby Lobby from offering abortion-inducing drugs to their employees "looked stupid and smelled worse":
Next term is the time for the Supreme Court to go quiescent–this term and several past terms has proven that the Court is now causing more harm (division) to our democracy than good by deciding hot button cases that the Court has the power to avoid. As the kids says, it is time for the Court to stfu.***
In the past several years, Kopf has proved his immovable dedication to abortion. In 2007, he struck down a ban on late-term abortions by writing a lengthy 474-page opinion. How on earth could one defend abortion for almost 500 pages? But that's not the first time Kopf spent so long defending this life-ending procedure. He wrote a 269 page opinion in 2004 claiming that late-term abortion is sometimes "medically necessary" and that a ban would impose an "undue burden on women":
September 8, 2004: Judge Kopf issues a 269 page opinion finding the federal abortion ban unconstitutional on the grounds that it fails to provide a health exception and because it imposes an undue burden on women seeking abortions by banning some D&E procedures. Carhart v. Ashcroft, 331 F. Supp. 2d 805 (D. Neb. 2004). In his opinion, Judge Kopf comprehensively reviews the Congressional record and the evidence presented at trial. He concludes that the congressional record itself "proves that key Congressional Findings are unreasonable."
Performing an abortion on an unborn child past 20 weeks - the point at which they feel pain - as well as requiring Christian business owners to violate their religious consciences apparently don't fall under Kopf's definition of "unreasonable." Let's just be happy he's blogging and not deciding on the highest cases in the nation.
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