Senator Collins: Judge Kavanaugh Told Me Roe v. Wade Is ‘Settled Law’

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh meets with Senator Susan Collins (D, Maine) on capitol hill in Washington, D.C., August 21, 2018. (Alex Wroblewski/Reuters)

Following her two-hour meeting with Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, Senator Susan Collins of Maine told reporters that the Supreme Court nominee has made clear to her he believes the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade is “settled law.”

The centrist Republican lawmaker said she spoke to Kavanaugh “at length” about judicial precedent on abortion, adding that the recent nominee agrees with Chief Justice John Roberts’s contention that the issue is settled as a matter of law, NBC News reported.

Roe is “settled as a precedent of the court, entitled to respect under principles of stare decisis. And those principles, applied in the Casey case, explain when cases should be revisited and when they should not. And it is settled as a precedent of the court, yes,” Roberts said in his confirmation hearing.

Collins, who previously said she had some “concerns” about Kavanaugh’s confirmation, seemed to indicate he had assuaged her fears. Due to her unique status as a pro-choice Republican, she has emerged as a frequent target of Democratic activists and lawmakers seeking to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The Senate is scheduled to begin Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings on September 4.

IN THE NEWS: ‘Pope Francis Will Meet Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse In Ireland’

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Ten Questions for the ‘Squad’

Democratic infighting reached a fever pitch last week with bickering and personal attacks between members of the “Squad” and other House Democrats. During that period, Squad members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley mostly avoided doing interviews. However, that all ... Read More

The Rise of the Chinese-American Right

On June 13, during a nasty storm, a group of Chinese New Yorkers gathered in front of the gates of Gracie Mansion, the New York mayor’s residence on the Upper East Side, to protest. Inside, Mayor Bill de Blasio was meeting with two dozen or so representatives of the Asian-American community to discuss his ... Read More

Who Is Boris Johnson?

By next week at this time, Boris Johnson will be prime minister of the United Kingdom. Not since Margaret Thatcher has such an outsized personality resided in Number 10 Downing Street. Not since Winston Churchill has such a wit presided over Her Majesty’s Government. Wit is actually the chief reason for ... Read More