Censors Susan Collins (R-Main) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) expressed disappointment Tuesday Groove The Supreme Court’s draft that would overturn abortion rights – saying that if true, they were misled by some judges during their confirmation hearings.
“If this leaked draft opinion is the final decision and this reporting is accurate, it would be completely inconsistent with what Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh said in their hearings and in our meetings in my office,” Collins said in a statement. “
Collins’ response is notable because she is one of the only Republican senators to claim to support abortion rights. Still, it voted to ratify Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch – even though both sides saw it as possible votes to overturn those equal rights. (He voted against former President Donald Trump’s other pick, Amy Connie Barrett.)
Her support was a significant disappointment to abortion rights advocates, who hoped that they would encourage her to abandon her partisan allegiances and fight in Roe v. Can convince Wade to see this threat.
The vote on Kavanaugh (51-49) was close. Collins repeatedly suggested that Kavanaugh would not vote to end the national legal right to abortion.
“It’s important to me to protect this right,” Collins said in a Senate speech, adding that Kavanaugh respects precedent and would hesitate to overturn previous decisions.
Collins said he based his faith in Kavanaugh on his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as on his private conversations with the nominee.
“When I asked him whether it would be enough to overturn a long-established precedent if the five current judges believed it was wrongly decided, he insisted that no,” said Collins. he said.
“I don’t believe Brett Kavanaugh would overturn Roe v. Wade,” Collins told Nation World News in 2018.
In 2019, when Kavanaugh disagreed with a Supreme Court decision blocking Georgia law aimed at restricting abortion access, Collins denied That she was wrong about her stance on Roe.
“To say that this case, this most recent case, in which he very carefully wrote dissent, tells you he’s going to repeal Roe v. Wade, I think is absurd,” she told Nation World News. Told.
Murkowski told reporters that Monday’s leaked opinion “shaken my confidence in the court, because I think there were some representations made regarding precedent and set law.” Alaska Republicans supporting abortion rights voted against Kavanaugh’s confirmation. However, she supported Barrett’s confirmation.
according to leaked draft decision Obtained by Politico, which was drafted in February, Kavanaugh and Gorsuch were among five conservative Supreme Court justices who served in Roe v. Wade was in favor of overturning. According to news outlets, drafts often undergo changes before they are made public, but the number of votes has not changed.
collins told HuffPost In December that she sided with Roe and would not comment on the present matter, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, “Until Judgment Is Given.”
Other senators said they had a hard time believing that Supreme Court justices would say a thing to their colleagues before being confirmed and then ruling against abortion rights.
“When they’re saying it’s the law of the land, and when they arguably use it to persuade some senators to vote, I think it’s a big problem,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D- Min.) said in a Monday. Interview on Nation World News.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), meanwhile, flatly accused conservative justices of lying to members of Congress.
Two top Democratic lawmakers said in a statement, “Many of these conservative judges, who are in no way accountable to the American people, have lied to the US Senate, broken the Constitution and precedent and the reputation of the Supreme Court.” He’s ruined both.”
But when asked about Collins’ comments on Tuesday, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said they don’t think Supreme Court justices have misrepresented their positions on Roe v. Wade.
“The judges did exactly what they said they would do,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mod.), adding that he believed the leaked opinion was to overturn a longstanding precedent. Depends on proper reasoning.