Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Abortion rights backers send Collins 3,000 coat hangers over Kavanaugh vote

Abortion rights backers send Collins 3,000 coat hangers over Kavanaugh vote

Rather than focusing on Kavanaugh's judicial philosophy and his legal opinions, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have chosen to focus on legislative issues that are the purvue of Congress - not the Supreme Court.

Reproductive rights groups are concerned that confirming Kavanaugh could lead to the court criminalizing abortion or ending other protections guaranteed under Roe v. Wade.

But because these two senators are Republicans, activists are anxious that they will vote with their party to confirm Kavanaugh.

And activists have pledged to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund an opponent to Collins if she votes in favor of the president's nomination.

"I'm on the sunrise side of the mountain and I'm an optimist about the future", Kavanaugh told lawmakers Thursday. Republicans hold the Senate 51-49 and can secure Kavanaugh's appointment with a simple majority or the tie-breaking vote of Vice-President Mike Pence.

However, Coons also noted he couldn't say whether Booker had broken committee rules, clamming up when asked by Wallace to say whether his behavior was under review. The hangers, which have been arriving at Collins' office since July, symbolize the risky techniques used in back-alley abortions that take place where abortions are not legal. The Judiciary Committee will likely vote on Kavanaugh's nomination next week, and the full Senate vote is expected before the Supreme Court's upcoming term gets underway on October 1.

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If you want proof that our system is broken, you need only look at today's hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, where children who aren't old enough to vote testified against the nominee.

Without referencing him by name, President Donald Trump described Booker's treatment of Kavanaugh as foolish.

While many Democrats are expected to oppose Kavanaugh, he appears on track be confirmed to replace the now-retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

About 500 people attended a rally in front of Portland City Hall on August 26 to encourage Collins to vote "no" on Kavanaugh, Follayttar Smith said.

Abortion rights advocates also sounded alarm bells Thursday, when Kavanaugh referred to some forms of birth control "as abortion-inducing drugs".

"You'll never have a nominee who's ruled for a more unpopular defendant", Kavanaugh said. He dodged questions about whether a president could pardon himself, or could be subject to a subpeona, although he did call the Supreme Court's 1974 decision that forced President Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes "one of the greatest moments in American judicial history".

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"I had a tombstone, and I died of complications from a high-risk pregnancy", Homer said.

That changed at this week's hearings, when the committee released a number of previously undisclosed emails that Leahy said raised new questions about Kavanaugh's knowledge that the documents were improperly taken.

Kavanugh will most likely be confirmed. Still, she's sent signals that Kavanaugh cleared a hurdle by telling her that Roe v. Wade establishing abortion rights is settled law.

Kavanaugh responded that it would be wrong for a sitting judge to comment on a case that could soon be litigated.

Another television and online ad campaign, by liberal group Demand Justice, highlights Roe v. Wade and Collins. Collins said on Friday that was her interpretation of the email as well.

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