Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, this week defended her decision to vote for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh amid concerns about his vote on a case involving abortion access.
"I have always been concerned about preserving Roe v. Wade" Collins said on Monday, according to CNN.
"He said under oath many times, as well as to me personally many times, that he considers Roe to be 'precedent upon precedent' because it had been reaffirmed in the Casey v Planned Parenthood case," Collins continued.
Kavanaugh wrote the dissenting opinion for a case involving a Louisiana law that critics say would severely restrict access to abortions. He argued that the law did not impose an undue burden on doctors who provide abortions.
"To say that this case, this most recent case, in which he wrote a very careful dissent, tells you that he's going to repeal Roe v Wade I think is absurd," Collins said.
"He went out of his way to do a written dissent in which he very clearly says that he recognizes Whole Woman's Health as the precedent," the senator continued. "I think there is a deliberate misreading of what he actually wrote, or people have just assumed and not read the decision."
Collins went on to dismiss criticism for her support of Kavanaugh as a typical partisan attack.
"The Democrats are constantly hitting me, five emails a week they are criticizing me on something," she said. "If it isn't Justice Kavanaugh, it's going to be something else."
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