Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) claims to support the right to abortion, but she also voted to confirm both Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh with the Supreme Court. (Photo: Tom Williams / Getty Images)
Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Tuesday Leaked The Supreme Court’s draft, which overturns the right to abortion, said she was misunderstood by the judge during their confirmation hearing if it was true.
“If this leaked draft opinion is final and this report is accurate, it would be completely inconsistent with what Judge Gorsuch and Judge Kavanaugh said at the hearing and the meeting in my office.” Collins said. Report by CNN..
Collins’ reaction is noteworthy. Because she is one of the only Republican senators who claim to support the right to abortion. Still, she voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch — although they both broadly regarded it as a vote that could overturn the same rights. (She voted against former President Donald Trump’s other pick, Amy Coney Barrett.)
Her support was a great disappointment for abortion supporters. They wanted her to abandon her partisan loyalty and convince her to see this threat to her Roe v. Wade case.
Kavanaugh’s (51-49) vote was much closer. Collins repeatedly suggested that Kavanau not vote to end the domestic legal right to access to abortion.
“It’s important to me to protect this right,” Collins said in a Senate speech, adding that Kavanau would respect the precedent and hesitate to overturn past decisions.
Collins said his belief in Kavanau was based on his testimony at the House Judiciary Committee and his personal conversation with the candidate.
“If the five current judges believe it was wrongly decided, he emphasized no when I asked him if it was enough to overturn long-standing precedent. “Collins said.
“I don’t think Brett Kavanaugh will overturn the Roe v. Wade case,” Collins said. Told to CNN In 2018.
Collins said in 2019 when Kavanau opposed a Supreme Court ruling blocking Georgia law aimed at restricting access to abortion. Rejected She was wrong about his stance on Roe.
“This case, this recent case where he wrote a very careful objection, tells you that he intends to abolish the Roe v. Wade case,” she told CNN.
Still according Draft decision leak Since February, obtained by Politico, Kavanaugh and Gorsuch have been one of five conservative Supreme Court judges in favor of overthrowing the Roe v. Wade case. According to the press, drafts often change before they are published, but their vote counts haven’t changed.
Collins Told the HuffPost In December, she endorsed Roe and did not comment on the matter. Dobbsv. JacksonWomen’s Health Organization, “Until a decision is made.”
Other senators said one thing to their colleagues before the Supreme Court judge was confirmed, saying it was unbelievable to rule against the right to abortion.
“I think it’s a big problem when they say it’s a law of land, and when they definitely use it to convince certain senators to vote for them,” said Senator Amy Klobuchar. Senator (D-Minn.) Said an interview with CNN on Monday.
Meanwhile, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Frankly accused the conservative judge of lying to the House of Representatives. ..
“Some of these conservative judges, who have no responsibility to the American people, lied to the US Senate, broke the Constitution, and defiled both case law and the reputation of the Supreme Court,” said the two top Democrats. The member said in a statement.
This article was originally HuffPost It has been updated.