Democrats slam Collins for Kavanaugh vote in wake of Supreme Court ruling on Louisiana abortion law

Democrats and liberal groups on Friday pointed to a Supreme Court ruling in an abortion case to argue that Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, focusing their ire on Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who supported Kavanaugh’s nomination last year and faces a tough 2020 reelection.

While Democrats hailed the decision, they pointed to Kavanaugh’s dissent as a sign that he is poised to side with conservatives in future rulings on abortion rights.

In his dissent, Kavanaugh said there was a dispute about whether the physicians in the Louisiana case could obtain admitting privileges, and that a 45-day grace period would have provided time to settle that question.

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Liberal groups slam Collins for Kavanaugh vote in wake of abortion ruling

While Democrats hailed the decision, they pointed to Kavanaugh’s dissent as a sign that he is poised to side with conservatives in future rulings on abortion rights. And they are particularly incensed at Collins, who delivered a 44-minute floor speech in October declaring her support for Kavanaugh. At the time, Collins, who supports abortion rights, said she did not believe that Kavanaugh would vote to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion.

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‘These are all issues that we think will make Collins look like just another politician for having supported Kavanaugh,’ Fallon said. ‘We will be able to say, ‘I told you so.’ ‘

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  • Date: 2019-02-08T21:15:27+00:00
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Dems slam Collins for Kavanaugh vote in wake of Supreme Court ruling on La. abortion law

Collins’ communications director, Annie Clark, said it was “clear that a lot of the critics of Justice Kavanaugh’s dissenting opinion haven’t even read it.”

“If the far left groups weren’t targeting Senator Collins for Justice Kavanaugh, they would be targeting her for something else,” Clark added.

“The Kavanaugh thing for her is going to be a very salient issue,” he continued. “It might be the deciding issue in that race.”

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, is also criticizing Collins for her vote in support of Kavanaugh.

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The Only Human Surprised by Brett Kavanaugh’s Abortion Vote Is Susan Collins

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‘Paging Senator Collins’This Is on You’: Efforts to Oust Maine Republican Intensify After Kavanaugh’s Anti-Abortion Vote

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh meets with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) in her office on Capitol Hill on August 21, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

After Justice Brett Kavanaugh was condemned on Thursday for declaring “war” on Roe v. Wade by dissenting against the Supreme Court’s decision to block a Louisiana anti-abortion law, reproductive rights groups quickly turned their ire toward Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) for casting the decisive vote to confirm the right-wing judge’and ramped up their efforts to oust her in 2020.

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  • Publisher: Common Dreams
  • Date: 2019-02-08T10:25:12-05:00
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