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Senate Dems Framing Battle Over Scalia's Replacement as 'War on Women'

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Women with the National Council for Jewish Women line up to deposit pocket copies of the Constitution and letters to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, calling on the Senate to not delay in filling the Supreme Court vacancy. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 15 Mar 2016 04:07 PM

Senate Democrats began a campaign Tuesday to frame the Republican's resistance to a new Supreme Court nominee as the latest salvo in the "war on women."

"While they say they won't even hold a hearing on a Supreme Court nominee to fulfill their constitutional responsibilities, they were eager to hold a hearing to attack women's constitutional rights," Washington state Sen. Patty Murray said Tuesday, according to floor remarks provided to Politico.

"They love to talk about the Constitution — unless we're talking about a woman's constitutional right to make decisions about her own body, or the part that lays out the Senate's responsibilities when it comes to filling Supreme Court vacancies," she said.

Murray was expected to lead the effort in the Senate — joined by Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and other top Democratic women — seeks to link the Republican-led battle over replacing Associate Justice Antonin Scalia to a hearing the Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to hold on late-term abortions later on Tuesday.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley was to preside over the meeting on legislation written by Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Democrats killed the bill on a 54-42 vote last September, Politico reports.

Don Stewart, a spokesman for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, slammed Murray's effort, telling Politico that the Senate was passing bipartisan legislation and had confirmed Education Secretary John King, Jr. on Monday.

"I'm sure it's frustrating for Senate Democrats, including Sen. Murray, who have praised the new Republican Senate for doing its job and passing major bipartisan legislation, to now have to follow Sen. [Chuck] Schumer's talking points to the opposite," he said, referring to the New York Democrat. "But the Senate is going to keep passing bipartisan legislation and holding oversight hearings whether the president is able to find someone to accept the Supreme Court nomination or not."

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