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By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews, Sept. 6, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – Under questioning from pro-life Senator Lindsey Graham, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh confirmed there is no “specific” right to abortion in the Constitution.
During his nomination hearings, Judge Kavanaugh has been careful to discuss abortion within the context of what the Supreme Court has decided in the precedent-setting cases of Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood without biasing the hearings with his own views in a way that would force him to recuse himself in future abortion cases before the court.
While most of the questioning has been from pro-abortion Democrats attempting to get Kavanaugh to agree that Roe, which allows virtually unlimited abortions up to birth, is “settled law” that can never be overturned, Graham took a different tact. He wanted Kavanaugh to confirm that a so-called right to abortion doesn’t exist in the Constitution. And Kavanaugh, who tried to remain impartial and to merely refer what the Supreme Court has done, eventually confirm that no specific words exist creating a right to kill unborn babies in abortions.
“Is there any phrase in the Constitution about abortion?” Graham asked Kavanaugh.
“The Supreme Court has found that under the liberty clause, but you’re right that specific words,” Kavanaugh said before stopping as Graham continued. Kavanaugh clearly was beginning to admit Graham’s point that abortion or a right to abortion is never specifically addressed in the Constitution — but was made up by the Supreme Court in 1973.
Graham then continued to focus on how the high court invented the abortion right.
“I don’t remember [a right to abortion] being part of American history, so how did the court determine that it was? The last time I checked, liberty didn’t apply to abortion. The Supreme Court said it did, but here’s the point: what are the limits on this concept?”
The exchange appears below:
During the first day of questioning, Judge Brett Kavanaugh refused to say that there is a so-called right to abortion. He declined to take the bait from pro-abortion Senator Dianne Feinstein who wants to get him to commit to upholding Roe v Wade once he is confirmed to the Supreme Court.