Susan Collins appalled by Supreme Court justices who misled her on abortion

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) expressed her disappointment Tuesday at the leak Supreme Court bill that would strike down abortion rights, saying if true, she was misled by the justices in their confirmation hearings.

“If this leaked draft opinion is the final decision and this report is accurate, it would be completely inconsistent with what Judge Gorsuch and Judge Kavanaugh said in their hearings and in our meetings in my office,” he said. said Collins, while reported by CNN.

Collins’ reaction is notable because she is one of the only Republican senators to claim to support abortion rights. Yet she nonetheless voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch — even though both sides widely viewed them as votes likely to overturn those same rights. (She voted against former President Donald Trump’s other choice, Amy Coney Barrett.)

Her endorsement was a significant disappointment to abortion rights supporters, who hoped they could convince her to give up her partisan allegiances and see this threat to Roe v. Wade.

The vote was much tighter on Kavanaugh (51-49). Collins has repeatedly suggested that Kavanaugh would not vote to end the national legal right to abortion access.

“Protecting that right is important to me,” Collins said in a Senate speech, adding that Kavanaugh reveres precedent and would be reluctant to reverse past rulings.

Collins said she based her faith in Kavanaugh on her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as private conversations she had with the candidate.

“When I asked him if it would be enough to overturn a long-established precedent if five current judges thought the decision had been wrong, he said emphatically no,” Collins said.

“I don’t believe Brett Kavanaugh will overturn Roe v. Wade,” Collins told CNN in 2018.

In 2019, when Kavanaugh opposed a Supreme Court ruling blocking a Georgia law aimed at restricting access to abortion, Collins refuse that she had been mistaken about her position on Roe.

“To say that this case, this most recent case, in which he wrote a very careful dissent, tells you he’s going to repeal Roe v. Wade, I think that’s preposterous,” she told CNN.

Yet according to the leaked draft decision as of February obtained by Politico, Kavanaugh ― and Gorsuch ― were among five conservative Supreme Court justices favoring the overturning of Roe v. Wade. While drafts often go through edits before being made public, that vote tally hasn’t changed, according to the outlet.

collins says HuffPost in December that she was in favor of Roe and would not comment on this case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, “until the decision is made.”

Other senators said they find it hard to believe Supreme Court justices would tell their colleagues one thing before being confirmed and then rule against abortion rights.

“When they say it’s the law of the land, and when they’re probably using it to convince some senators to vote for them, I think that’s a major issue,” Senator Amy Klobuchar (D -Minn.) interview on CNN.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), meanwhile, have bluntly accused conservative justices of lying to members of Congress.

“Several of these conservative justices, who are in no way accountable to the American people, have lied to the United States Senate, torn up the Constitution, and stained both precedent and the reputation of the Supreme Court,” the two leading Democrats said. in a press release.


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