Nearly a year after the fateful vote on the republican healthcare bill, Alaska's senior senator Lisa Murkowski is once again in the spotlight following President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. "That's why we desperately need a NY state law that codifies the Roe v. Wade rights in this state and takes it out of the criminal code".
Ever since Kavanaugh was tagged by President Trump, Congressional Democrats have promised staunch opposition to Kavanugh's confirmation - arguing that the nominee would rollback abortion rights along with many other progressive Supreme Court rulings.
In addition, Cuomo called on the state Senate to vote on legislation codifying Roe v. Wade's protection of abortion in state law.
"And I will say, I'm a little - I'm a little annoyed that some of my colleagues, even before the president laid down Judge Kavanaugh's name, had already determined that they were going to vote against whomever", Murkowski said.
Pence himself inadvertently added to those concerns on Tuesday, when asked whether he still supported overturning Roe v. Wade.
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Legal experts, however, aren't convinced that Kavanaugh's presence alone would automatically lead to the overturning of Roe and the 1992 landmark case Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, which upheld large parts of Roe and ruled that states can not impose an "undue burden" on patients seeking abortion. That would be binding precedent of the court. When pressed for his opinion on that case, he responded, "The Supreme Court is held repeatedly Senator, and I don't think it would be appropriate for me to give a personal view on that case".
Nonetheless, Jeanne Mancini, the president of anti-abortion rights March for Life said in a statement to Business Insider that Kavanaugh was "exceptionally qualified for the role and will no doubt serve as a fair, independent judge who will remain faithful to the Constitution". She said the breakaway Democrats helped Republicans remain in control of the Senate for the past eight legislative sessions.
"One of the reasons they opposed it, they said, 'Well, we have Roe v. Wade in law".
Another anti-abortion group, the Susan B. Anthony List, announced they would be "mobilizing the pro-life grassroots nationwide and in key Senate battleground states to urge the Senate to swiftly confirm Judge Kavanaugh". "But, come September, New Yorkers will decide if they want elected officials who follow or lead at the helm of our state's government".