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Senator Collins Says ‘I View Roe v. Wade as Being Settled Law’

Sending a clear signal.
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Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins speaks while flanked by New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Well known for bucking the status quo and their moderate tendencies, Collins follows in the footsteps of Senator Margaret Chase-Smith who challenged Joe McCarthy during the height of McCarthyism and Senator Olympia Snowe who penned a scathing rebuke of the trajectory of the Republican Party during the rise of the Tea Party movement before retiring in protest.

When asked for her stance on Roe v. Wade, Collins stated what she has every time she answers that question: Roe v. Wade is “settled law.”

I view Roe v. Wade as being settled law. It’s clearly precedent. I always look for judges who respect precedent.”


But Collins stopped shy of stating she would not confirm a SCOTUS nominee who plans to work to overturn reproductive rights for women.

“I always look at judicial temperament, qualifications, experience, the ABA [American Bar Association] rating and their respect for the rule of law and the constitution,” Collins said.

Those are exactly the same criteria that I will apply to whomever the president nominates.”

Collins’ constituents were greeted yesterday on Facebook and Twitter with pleas to call their senior senator.

But New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand states vetting judges is not enough. There must be no confirmation hearings until after the November elections.

That stance should be backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who upheld hearings on President Barack Obama’s SCOTUS nominee for almost a year, waiting for the presidential election, then waiting for Trump to take office.

“Any one of President Trump’s list of proposed SCOTUS justices would overturn Roe v. Wade and threaten our fundamental rights,” Gillibrand said.

I’ll fight to make sure there are no hearings to replace Justice Kennedy until after the election. This is our democracy. Let’s fight like it.

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