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GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said she does not regret her decisive vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as she faces a determined Democratic challenge for her seat in 2020.
“I do not regret my vote in the least,” Collins told The New York Times Saturday, favorably citing Kavanaugh’s record on abortion cases during his first term on the high court.
Kavanaugh - Course - Abortion - Issue - Chief
Thus far, Kavanaugh has charted a careful course through the abortion issue — he joined Chief Justice John Roberts and the Court’s liberal bloc to deny review of a lower court ruling that favored Planned Parenthood in a dispute involving state-level efforts to strip the organization of Medicaid funds. That result prompted a vigorous dissent from Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch that accused the Court of playing politics.
The full Court ducked another abortion petition in May. That case arose in Indiana, which adopted a ban on trait-selective abortions and rules requiring humane disposal of post-abortive fetal remains. In an apparent compromise, the Court reinstated the fetal remains rules which leaving in place a lower court decision that barred enforcement of the trait-selective abortion ban.
Kavanaugh - Split - Court - Majority - Occasion
Kavanaugh split from the Court’s majority on one occasion over abortion....
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