"I have always been concerned about preserving Roe v. Wade" Collins said Monday, adding that Kavanaugh had assured her during the confirmation process that the fundamental opinion was secure.
"He said under oath many times, as well as myself personally many times, who considers Roe to be" previous precedent "because he was reaffirmed in the Casey case against Planned Parenthood," added Collins, rejecting any criticism against him. as partisan politics.
In his dissent, Kavanaugh supported the decision to block the law was premature. He noted that Louisiana had said that if the law were to come into force, the state would begin a 45-day review to see how it would impact the existing clinics. No supplier, the promised state, would be forced to immediately suspend abortion services. After 45 days, he wrote, if the challengers still felt that the law imposed excessive weight, they could take their challenge at that time.
Collins said he did not believe Roe was in danger, but he could not predict how Kavanaugh would be able to vote in every single case.
"To say that this case, this most recent case, in which he wrote a very careful dissent, tells you that he is about to repeal Roe v Wade, I think it is absurd," he said.
Collins's comments reflect that she was looking closely at the case and had studied Kavanaugh's opinion. He noted that in his dissent Kavanaugh mentioned the 2016 Supreme Court decision – called Whole Woman & # 39; s Health – in which the court overthrew the Texas statute.
"He went out of his way to make a written dissent in which he clearly stated that he recognizes the health of the entire woman as the previous one," Collins said. "I think there's a deliberate misunderstanding of what he actually wrote, or people just hired and did not read the decision."
"The only person who believed Kavanaugh's testimony about Roe was Susan Collins and his defense of him is already falling apart," said Christopher Kang, chief adviser to Demand Justice, a group that he opposed Kavanaugh.
"President Trump promised Supreme Court judges that they would overthrew Roe, and it is clear from the Kavanaugh vote last week that he is eager to fulfill Trump's promise, "Kang said.
The Kang group recently launched a digital ad in the state of origin of Collins's Maine.
"Collins promised to protect women's rights, forget," says the ad.
Collins rejected the attacks as a principle for the course.
"Democrats constantly beat me, five emails a week are criticizing me for something," he said. "If it is not Judge Kavanaugh, it will be something else."