Citing the precedent dating back to the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg two and a half decades ago, Kavanaughsaid he was unable provide give a response. "I had to leave my state of Missouri to seek my abortion".
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Democrats accuse Senate Republican leaders of stealing a Supreme Court seat by refusing to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee to the high court, Merrick Garland, in 2016, allowing Trump to fill a Supreme Court vacancy instead. The GOP members of the Judiciary Committee used a wall of empty boxes to dramatize the amount of documents.
In his opening remarks, Kavanaugh vowed to uphold the attributes of an ideal judge and remain "a neutral and impartial arbiter who favours no litigant or policy". Joe Manchin of West Virginia, joined the hearing in the audience for a while. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Sen.
"Women are ringing the alarm", the group said in a statement handed out to reporters.
The Republicans have a razor-thin majority in the Senate but are nevertheless expected to have the votes to confirm Kavanaugh before the midterm elections in November. "Last year you drafted a dissent in Garza v. Hargan", committee member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Kavanaugh declined to answer a question about whether a president should be required to respond to a subpoena. "In that dissent, you argued that a woman who complied with a parental notification law and received [an OK from the judge for an abortion], should nonetheless be barred" from having one. Roe and other Supreme Court decisions also protect the right to continue a pregnancy, meaning that the government can not coerce us into not having children through sterilization or other means.
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"If Brett Kavanaugh becomes a supreme court justice, will he help gut or overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in America?"
"One of the important things to keep in mind about Roe v. Wade is that it has been reaffirmed many times", he continued, singling out Planned Parenthood v. Casey as particularly weighty because it "didn't just reaffirm it in passing"; it laid out all the "factors relevant to stare decisis to decide whether Roe should be overruled". Ted Cruz (R-Texas). "That's a radical and extreme proposition".
Grassley has already urged the judge to invoke the so-called Ginsburg Rule and follow the example of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who as a nominee refused to answer questions that would hint or foreshadow future decisions.
The question we are being asked to address in this hearing is whether this judge, at this time our history will administer the law with equal justice as it applies to all citizens, regardless of whether they live in a poor neighborhood or a rich neighborhood, or if they live in a small house, or the White House.
"Under our system of government, the executive branch of government is subject to the law", Judge Kavanaugh said. But it's notable Kavanaugh backed away from some of his most controversial writings on presidential power. "A good judge must be an umpire", he said.
A Catholic, he has been a US Court of Appeals judge in Washington for the past 11 years. "I am a pro-law judge".
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley was tasked with making the opening remarks at the hearing and after a long period of interruptions made a decision to proceed with the opening statements over the shouts of protesters.