Collins: Kavanaugh's Attackers 'Haven't Even Read' Dissent

Feb 9, 2019

Critics of Republican Sen. Susan Collins are angry over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's opinion in an abortion case.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, takes notes as the Senate Judiciary Committee members make opening statements during his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.
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Critics say his dissent on the losing side of a Louisiana abortion law ruling is proof that he's not following through on his assurance to respect past Supreme Court decisions on abortion.

The Sun Journal reports that NARAL Pro-Choice America claims the dissent shows Kavanaugh's instance to Collins that he would respect precedent "was a complete lie."

But in his dissent he said otherwise. Kavanaugh acknowledged that a decision striking down a similar Texas law is the guiding precedent and he seemed to suggest he might be willing to vote the other way with more information.

A spokesperson for Collins says many critics of Kavanaugh's dissenting opinion "haven't even read it."