Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh refused a pro-abortion senator’s request to promise to never overturn Roe v Wade, the high court case allowing abortions up to birth.
During questioning from pro-abortion Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Kavanaugh again — for the second time today — talked about his ruling in a case where he refused to require the Trump Administration to facilitate an abortion for an illegal immigrant. Senator Blumenthal used the decision and language from it to make his case that Judge Kavanaugh is prepared to overturn Roe once he has been confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Senator Blumenthal said that language in the decision calling abortion “abortion on demand” prejudices Kavanagh and makes it appear he is inclined to reverse the high court ruling allowing
virtually unlimited abortions.
“I’m not familiar with the code word,” Kavanaugh said.
Blumenthal also said that Kavanaugh’s claim that Roe is “existing precedent” makes it look like he believe there is a time where Roe can be overturned and will no longer be the legal precedent on abortion.
After making those accusations, Senator Blumenthal asked Kavanaugh to promise never to overturn Roe v Wade. Kavanaugh of course refused to do so and said that every current member of the Supreme Court has refused to comment on where they would stand on a given case that might go to the Supreme Court at some point in the future.
The exchange caught the attention of quite a number of people on Twitter.
Sen. Blumenthal bizarrely asserts that Judge Kavanaugh was campaigning for Supreme Court with phrase “abortion on demand” in opinion. Dems looking for / making up signs wherever they can – c.f. unsubstantiated Twitter insanity over woman lawyer Zina Bash yesterday.
— RNLA (@TheRepLawyer) September 5, 2018
Blumenthal hits Kavanaugh for his use of the term “abortion on demand,” a code-word in the anti-choice community. Used by Justices Scalia and Thomas in dissents from Roe v. Wade-related precedent.
Kavanaugh disclaims use of the term/usage. Says Chief Justice Burger used it.
— Cristian Farias (@cristianafarias) September 5, 2018
Blumenthal: Weird claim that Garza ruling persuaded White House to add K to list, when K refused to join separate dissent that said alien minor had no constitutional right to abortion.
— Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) September 5, 2018
Basically Kavanaugh said Blumenthal was factually incorrect about everything he was trying to attack Kavanaugh with.
It was an epic smackdown. pic.twitter.com/RSOvwPTkPz
— Paul A. Szypula (@Bubblebathgirl) September 5, 2018
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again
Sen Blumenthal is a bloomin idiot.
He asked Kavanaugh a long, drawn out question on a particular case of illegal alien abortion. When Kavanaugh started to respond, telling him why he disagreed, Blumenthal cut him off and moved on. IDIOT!!
— ❌ ❌ ROGER FRITZ ❌❌ (@RogerFritz7) September 5, 2018
When Blumenthal drones on about an abortion for a 16 year old illegal blames the nominee for a delay ordered by immigration you would think he would allow him the courtesy to respond
— Terry Dixon (@wareagleohio) September 5, 2018