Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused ‘several’ Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices of lying to the Senate about their views on Roe v. Wade.
Leading congressional Democrats released the harshly worded statement castigating members of the High Court after Politico released a shocking leaked draft notice showing it is set to overturn the landmark 1973 human rights ruling. abortion.
“Republican-appointed judges reported votes to overturn Roe vs. Wade would become an abomination, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in modern history,” Schumer and Pelosi said in the statement.
“Several of these conservative justices, who are in no way accountable to the American people, have lied to the United States Senate, torn up the Constitution, and stained both precedent and the reputation of the Supreme Court,” the two Democrats added.
The conservative justices – including Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Neil Gorsuch – described Roe v. Wade as established law during their confirmation hearings and suggested they would abide by precedent. They never explicitly pledged to preserve Roe.
Kavanaugh personally assured Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) in a private meeting that he reluctant to undo longstanding decisions like Roe.
“When I asked him if it would be enough to overturn a long-established precedent if five current justices thought the decision had been made wrongly, he said emphatically no,” Collins said in 2018 before voting to confirm. Kavanaugh..
While Republicans criticized the leaked draft advisory, which is unprecedented in modern history, Democrats expressed outrage at the Supreme Court’s preliminary ruling to strike down abortion rights and said again called on the Senate to eliminate the filibuster to codify Roe v. Wade in the law.
“The party of Lincoln and Eisenhower is now completely devolved to the party of Trump,” Schumer and Pelosi said. “Every Republican senator who supported Senator McConnell and voted for Justice Trump claiming that day would never come will now have to explain themselves to the American people. »