Pence: 'I do' still want Roe v. Wade to be overturned

Clay Curtis
July 12, 2018

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY has already said of Kavanaugh that he'd "oppose him with everything I've got", and signaled Wednesday that Democrats would be vetting not only Kavanaugh's record on the bench but also his work as an official in the George W. Bush White House and for the special prosecutor during Bill Clinton's presidency.

"These were the Republican senators just a couple of years ago, telling me it's unimaginable that anyone would try to overturn Roe v. Wade".

"In the face of this federal assault, NY is going to protect itself because this state has always been the progressive capital of the nation".

Kavanaugh's nomination to replace retiring justice Anthony Kennedy will need to be confirmed by the Senate, and with Republicans holding only a thin majority, Murkowski could be a deciding vote.

"We never passed the New York State law because we relied on Roe v. Wade and everyone assumed it would always be there", Gov. Cuomo said.

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During a speech in Poughkeepsie, New York to promote a pro-choice agenda, Cuomo echoed other Democrats' assertions that the Supreme Court could reverse the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. "Roe v. Wade is settled law".

Legal experts, however, aren't convinced that Kavanaugh's presence alone would automatically lead to the overturning of Roe and the 1992 landmark case Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, which upheld large parts of Roe and ruled that states can not impose an "undue burden" on patients seeking abortion. "I find it hard to think that [Chief Justice] Roberts - who has a more long-term view of the arc of the court and a desire to preserve its institutional role - would facially overrule Roe".

Nonetheless, Jeanne Mancini, the president of anti-abortion rights March for Life said in a statement to Business Insider that Kavanaugh was "exceptionally qualified for the role and will no doubt serve as a fair, independent judge who will remain faithful to the Constitution". "And that's, I think, wrong". "So there is a lot to go through", she said.

Golston's group is nonpartisan, and she said they would back Republicans for election to the Senate if they supported the Reproductive Health Act, but so far, no GOP candidate has done so. If not for that alliance, Nixon said, Democrats could have been in power and the measure already would have become law. And particularly, they're pointing to a decision that Judge Kavanaugh wrote pretty recently that would not have allowed a young immigrant woman to access an abortion.

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