Comments by former clerks may backfire on Trump's high court pick

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Kavanaugh is meeting with members of the Senate after U.S. President Donald Trump nominated him to succeed retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. "You would have pretty restrictive abortion laws in most states".

Democrats have also called on McConnell to hold off on a confirmation vote until after the November midterm elections, which the majority leader has refused.

Indiana University Southeast Political Science Professor Joe Wert
Indiana University Southeast Political Science Professor Joe Wert

A variety of women's groups on the left are opposing the nomination, warning that Judge Kavanaugh is likely to provide the decisive vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 high court decision that legalized abortion.

Pitlyk, who could not be reached for comment, said that "no court of appeals judge in the nation has a stronger more consistent record" than Kavanaugh on "protecting religious liberty and enforcing restrictions on abortion".

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Some Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have vowed to fight Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court in the Senate.

The food-related exposé comes shortly after another bombshell earlier this week, this from The Washington Post, in which a woman who knows Kavanaugh personally revealed in an op-ed that the judge is a "carpool dad" and "one great guy".

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The majority of Americans support Roe V. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that established the legal right to an abortion, a new poll has found.

Walker talked up Kavanaugh's conservative credentials on Fox News ahead of the nomination.

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Trump said in 2016 that he would use any Supreme Court nomination opportunities to appoint judges who would overturn Roe. "I'm anxious that he would vote against any sort of protections for my LGBTQ friends, for my friends of color, for all of the people I care about, and all the people who need that protection from SCOTUS", Planned Parenthood supporter Hayley Nemmer said. But some of the comments made by clerks, Kang said, will "make it harder" for Kavanaugh to fend off questions about whether he will rule conservatively on social issues.

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