Washington D.C., Sep 7, 2018 / 16:01 pm
After four days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has progressed closer towards eventual confirmation to the Supreme Court. The hearings, which began Sept. 4, included several disruptions by protestors, seemingly political lines of questioning by senators, and even a cameo appearance by the youth basketball team he coaches.
As was widely expected, the issue of abortion loomed large during parts of the questioning, despite Kavanaugh's relative lack of a judicial track record, or even public statements, on the issue. The only recent case in which Kavanaugh ruled on abortion came last year, when he argued that an undocumented minor teenager in federal custody should not be permitted to have an abortion immediately.
Kavanaugh was questioned by both Republican and Democratic members of the Senate about his thoughts on the issue, and he offered no indication that he thought the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, which affirmed the legal existence of abortion rights, should be overturned,.
Kavanaugh was questioned about a 15-year-old email, in which he questioned the statement that abortion was "settled law." The judge explained that he was actually questioning the claim that legal scholars generally agreed that abortion was "settled law."