During his confirmation hearing, Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch said Tuesday that he would have “walked out the door” if President Donald Trump had asked him to repeal Roe v. Wade as a Supreme Court justice.
Roe v. Wade is the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked Gorsuch if Trump had asked him during an interview before his nomination to vote to repeal Roe v. Wade if he sat on the court.
“No, senator,” Gorsuch replied.
“What would you have done if he had asked?” Graham asked.
Senator, I would have walked out the door. That's not what judges do. They don’t do it at that end of Pennsylvania Avenue, and they should not do it at this end either, respectfully.
Earlier Tuesday, when quizzed about Roe v. Wade by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Gorsuch said Roe v. Wade is “a precedent of the United States Supreme Court” but refused to elaborate further on whether he would vote to uphold the precedent if confirmed.
Trump pledged to appoint a “pro-life” justice to the court in an effort to woo pro-life voters skeptical about his candidacy. Though Gorsuch has never ruled on abortion, pro-life groups have largely supported Trump’s selection while pro-choice groups have opposed it.
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