September 07, 2018

During Second Day of Questioning, Harris Presses Kavanaugh on Roe v. Wade and LGBTQ Rights

Video of Harris’ Questioning 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At today’s Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris pressed U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on a wide range of topics including Roe v. Wade and LGBTQ rights. 

Harris repeatedly asked Kavanaugh whether he believed Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark civil rights case in which the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples, was correctly decided. “My question is very specific,” said Harris. “Can you comment on your personal opinion on whether Obergefell was correctly decided yes or no?”

Kavanaugh refused to give a definitive answer.

During her questioning, Harris again discussed Roe v. Wade, asking Kavanaugh, “You said repeatedly that Roe v. Wade is an important precedent. I would like to understand what that really means for the lives of women. We have had a lot of conversations about how this discussion we are having in this room will impact real people out there. So, my question is what in your opinion is still unresolved? For example, can a state prevent a woman from using the most common or widely accepted medical procedure to terminate her pregnancy? Do you believe that that is still an unresolved issue? I'm not asking how you would decide it. I don't want to comment on hypothetical cases. Roe v. Wade is an important precedent. It has been affirmed many times.”

Kavanaugh again refused to give a definitive answer.