When Brett Kavanaugh was nominated by Donald Trump to the Supreme Court, even before the explosive allegations of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, voters were concerned about his ultra-conservative views on abortion. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) assured everyone that everything would be fine, until it wasn’t.
In July 2018, Collins vowed not to support any nominee to the Supreme Court who supported overturning Roe v. Wade. In October of that year during the confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, Collins assured voters that he would not be hostile to cases involving Roe v. Wade and that she wouldn’t be supporting him if he did.
‘He said under oath many times, as well as to me personally many times, that he considers Roe to be ‘precedent upon precedent’ because it had been reaffirmed in the Casey v Planned Parenthood case.’
By February 2019, Collins was forced to defend her vote to confirm Kavanaugh after he dissented in a decision to postpone a decision to hear a case in which a federal appeals court decided against restricting reproductive health access under Louisiana’s “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act,” which would require that a doctor performing abortions have admitting privileges at a local hospital, a law that would leave the state with only one doctor to perform abortions.
Now that the decision came up for a full vote and Kavanaugh was once again a dissenting vote, saying that he did not support undoing the appeals court decision so that the state could go forward in all but eliminating the protections of Roe v. Wade in Louisiana Collins is suddenly surprised that he’s “so anti-choice.”
With Collins’ poll numbers sinking fast, Kavanaugh’s decision may pull her chances for reelection even farther out of reach. Her decision to confirm him despite credible allegations of sexual assault had already impacted her chances greatly, and the Louisiana decision isn’t even the first one this week that Collins has had to answer for.
According to The Washington Post:
‘Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is coming under fire for her 2018 vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, after Kavanaugh dissented in Monday’s landmark ruling affirming that federal anti-discrimination laws protect gay and transgender employees. Collins, who faces a tough 2020 reelection bid, is among the most vocal Senate Republican supporters of LGBTQ rights.’
Twitter wasn’t impressed by Collins’ claims of ignorance or her reassurances. Read some of their comments below:
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