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WASHINGTON – United States Senators Susan Collins (Republican) and Joe Manchin (Democrat) They accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh this Saturday of lying to them about her position on abortion during her controversial confirmation process in 2018.
In statements to the media, both Collins -one of the most progressive Republican senators- and Manchin -one of the most conservative Democrats- recalled that Kavanaugh made them believe four years ago that his preference was to maintain the status quo of the case law on this issue.
However, Kavanaugh – whose confirmation in 2018 was most controversial when an alleged episode of sexual abuse when he was a university student came to light – was one of the six Supreme Court justices who on Friday they voted in favor of revoking the legal protection of abortion in the US. in force since 1973.
“I feel deceived”Collins assured. Manchin, for his part, included another judge, Neil Gorsuch, in the same package, saying that at the time he trusted both Kavanaugh and Gorsuch when they told him they would respect the case law.
Collins and Manchin voted for both justices’ confirmations, and, especially in Kavanaugh’s case, he might not have garnered enough support if both senators had opposed his confirmation.
The Supreme Court of the United States, with a conservative majority, ended Friday with the protection of the right to abortion, in force since 1973, with a controversial decision, which, according to President Joe Biden, takes the country back 150 years.
The ruling was approved with the support of six of the nine judges of the highest US judicial instance and upholds a law in the state of Mississippi that restricts abortion after 15 weeks of gestation.
However, the conservative majority of the Supreme decided to go further and revoke the precedents established in the past by the court itself that protected that right.
The decision did not come as a surprise because the draft ruling was leaked to the media last May.
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