Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions reiterated his view that Roe v. Wade “violated the Constitution” at a Senate confirmation hearing on his appointment as U.S. attorney general Tuesday.
The ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein, brought up abortion in one of her opening questions to the senator. “You have referred to Roe v. Wade as, quote, one of the worst, colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time, end quote,” Feinstein said. “Is that still your view?”
“It is,” Sessions replied. “It violated the Constitution, and really attempted to set policy and not follow law.”
President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on appointing pro-life justices to the Supreme Court, who he said would “automatically” repeal the abortion law. Sessions has been an outspoken opponent of abortion, but said in the hearing he would enforce the law as attorney general.
“It is the law of the land,” he said. “It has been so established and settled for quite a long time, and it deserves respect, and I would respect it and follow it.”
Feinstein followed with a similar question regarding the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage and whether it is “settled law,” prompting a similar response from Sessions, who indicated he disagrees with the ruling but would enforce it as the law. “I haven’t said that the woman’s right to choose or Roe v. Wade and its progeny is not the law of the land, and not clear today,” he said. “So I would follow that law.”
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