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NARAL Statement on Sen. Collins Meeting with Kavanaugh

“A Settled Law” Are Code Words Republicans Use All The Time About Judges—It’s 100% False


Following a meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Susan Collins said that Kavanaugh agrees Roe v. Wade is settled into law. NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement:

I have spent lots of time talking to people from every corner of Maine, including our over 10,000 members in the state, since this nomination was announced and they all agree Donald Trump would not have nominated Brett Kavanaugh unless he would live up to Donald Trump's stated goal of gutting Roe v. Wade and criminalizing abortion. With all due respect to Senator Collins, 'settled law' means nothing. It is a bunch of code words, long used by many conservative judges, meant to hide their real beliefs and anti-choice record. This Court, led by Chief Justice Roberts, has spent much of the last term re-litigating so-called 'settled law'.

"Most troubling of all is Senator Collins' reference to Roberts today. Roberts has voted in lockstep with anti-abortion forces on every vote since joining the Court. Every recent conversation I have had with a Mainer has ended the same way, they need and expect Senator Collins to step up, stand up, and defend our rights by rejecting this nomination" NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as "one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America."

For over 50 years, Reproductive Freedom for All (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice America) has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for everybody. Reproductive Freedom for All is powered by its more than 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.