Gideon has touted his sponsorships from abortion rights groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood Action and publicly questioned
if Collins still believed that Kavanaugh considered Roe v. Wade, the historic 1973 decision in which the court decreed that the Constitution protects a pregnant woman’s right to choose to have an abortion, as “established law”.
In a video conversation with NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue, Gideon accused Kavanaugh of “doing exactly the opposite of what Susan Collins reiterated that she was sure she would – and that she is respecting Roe v. Wade “.
“We are still very much in danger in terms of reproductive health care and access to that for all people in this country,”
; he added.
Louisiana law required abortion doctors to “admit privileges” to a nearby hospital. Supreme Judge John Roberts sided with the four liberal judges because of the Supreme Court precedent, pointing out that Louisiana law was identical to a credential requirement in a Texas statute invalidated by the 2016 court ruling in the Whole Woman’s case Health v. Hellerstedt. Kavanaugh disagreed with other conservative judges, writing that the Supreme Court “should postpone the case for a new trial and further investigation of the facts according to the appropriate legal standards.”
Collins, the last Republican of the Congress of New England, is seeking a fifth term in the Senate in a state that the then GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump lost by 3 points in 2016. Her moderate reputation has constantly placed her at the center of important debates in Washington. But her votes for Kavanaugh, which was confirmed with at least 50 votes in the Senate, and against the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act put her in a difficult situation with both Democrats and Republicans. Collins has repeatedly refused to say whether he is supporting Trump’s reelection offer.
He was in the spotlight again in the aftermath of the court decision. Collins campaign spokesman Kevin Kelley said the senator agrees.
“To suggest that Judge Kavanaugh’s dissent in this particular case is a vow to ban abortion is absurd and not factual,” said Kelley. “As Judge Gorsuch wrote,” In truth, Roe v. Wade isn’t even questioned here. “”
“The bottom line is that he has always believed in a woman’s right to choose and nothing about today’s decision changes the law,” he added.
CNN’s Joan Biskupic contributed to this report.