Susan Collins claims she may have been misled by Justice Brett Kavanaugh
Senator Susan Collins has said that the leaked draft opinion which supposedly would eliminate Roe v. Wade was inconsistent...
Senator Susan Collins has said that the leaked draft opinion which supposedly would eliminate Roe v. Wade was inconsistent with what Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh "said in their hearings and in our meetings in my office."
"If this leaked draft opinion is the final decision and this reporting is accurate, it would be completely inconsistent with what Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh said in their hearings and in our meetings in my office. Obviously, we won't know each Justice's decision and reasoning until the Supreme Court officially announces its opinion in this case."
GOP Senator Susan Collins said in a statement to CNN.
Collins stated that her statement spoke for itself when asked if she was misled by Kavanaugh.
The draft, which was obtained yesterday by Politico, was circulated in February. The final opinion hasn’t been released and votes along with language can change before the formal release which isn’t expected to be published until late June.
The opinion draft would be the most consequential abortion decision and transform women’s reproductive health in America. Five conservative justices would make up the majority overturning Roe. Susan Collins told reporters in 2018 however that Kavanaugh had told her he agreed that Roe v. Wade is settled law. Susan Collins says "We talked about whether he considered Roe to be settled law. He said that he agreed with what Justice Roberts said at his nomination hearing in which he said it was settled law.”
“I have always been concerned about preserving Roe v. Wade," Collins said while also adding that Kavanaugh had given her assurances during his confirmation process that the landmark opinion was safe.
"The deal that Lisa Murkowski and I introduced, it would, in my judgment, have broader support. It's much more tailored. It preserves the conscience exception, for example, but it clearly would make Roe v. Wade and the Casey vs. Planned Parenthood decisions the law of the land, and that's what I'd like to see.”
Collins said as she assures she wants Roe v. Wade to be the law of the land.