By Kimberly Atkins
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court now has five justices who have either directly stated or signaled that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided, bringing an end to an era where legal challenges sought to chip away at the ruling and opening the door to a head-on challenge that could overturn it.
Sen. Susan Collins, in explaining her crucial vote in favor of newly installed Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, said Kavanaugh assured her of his belief in “honoring precedent.”
But Kavanaugh, who was one of a long list of conservative potential Trump high court picks culled by conservative legal groups, has contradicted that view in his own words — including in an email from his tenure in the Bush White House where he noted that the Supreme Court “can always overrule its precedent.”
During his confirmation hearing, he declined to directly answer questions about how he would approach abortion cases, reasoning that he could not respond to issues that may come before the court.
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