CNN: Susan Collins defends her Brett Kavanaugh vote after he dissents in abortion access case


Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a supporter of abortion rights who cast a critical vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh, said in an interview with CNN that despite his vote in a recent abortion access case, she did not believe Kavanaugh would ultimately vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“I have always been concerned about preserving Roe v. Wade” Collins said Monday, adding that Kavanaugh had given her assurances during his confirmation process that the landmark opinion was safe.

…Critics of Kavanaugh say that even though he testified that Roe v. Wade was precedent, it doesn’t mean he couldn’t later vote to either overrule it or cut back on its holding.

“The only person who believed Kavanaugh’s testimony on Roe was Susan Collins and her defense of him is already falling apart at the seams,” said Christopher Kang, chief counsel of Demand Justice, a group that opposed Kavanaugh.