Many liberal politicians have concerns over what the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would mean for progressive regarding women’s rights.
However, Senator Lindsey Graham claimed that Kavanaugh may change the status quo of Roe v. Wade if given the opportunity.
“Here’s what I hope [Kavanuagh] will do: If there’s a case before him that challenges Roe v. Wade that he would listen to both sides of the story, apply a test to overturn precedent,” Graham said during an appearance on CNN’s State of The Union.
While Kavanaugh has upheld precedent during his time as a judge, it is uncertain if that will change if he is confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.
Sen. Lindsey Graham on whether he thinks Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will overturn Roe v. Wade: “The bottom line here is that there is a process to overturn a precedent and I think he understands that process” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/GaA5kiJVN7
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“The bottom line here is there’s a process to overturn a precedent, and I think he understands that process, he will apply it,” he continued. “If it were up to me, states would make these decisions ― not the Supreme Court. But it is a long-held precedent of the court. It will be challenged over time, and I hope he will give it a fair hearing.”
However, many liberal lawmakers and activists have spoken out against Kavanaugh because of his beliefs on civil suits against presidents and the fact that his presence will make the court solidly conservative.
“Should a president be allowed to appoint somebody who’s already made it clear that he would give immunity to him should anything come before the Supreme Court?” said Cory Booker to Business Insider. “So this is a stunning thing to me that is so shocking that we’re going to have to allow this to happen.”
The confirmation hearings are set to start on Tuesday and will go through the week.