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Ted Lieu Calls Out Brett Kavanaugh For Going “Above & Beyond To Intentionally Mislead” on Roe

Ted Lieu Calls Out Brett Kavanaugh For Going “Above & Beyond To Intentionally Mislead” on Roe

Did Supreme Court Justices lie in their confirmation hearings before Congress, and are they subject to impeachment or other redress for doing so? Although none of the Justices Donald Trump nominated would explicitly answer the question of whether they’d overturn Roe v. Wade, and none explicitly promised not to do so, their confirmation hearings were characterized by a lot of assurances that Roe was ‘settled precedent.’

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Representative Ted Lieu took a hard line on this in a Thursday hearing, stating frankly that to call Roe ‘settled’ when they “had to have known…during their confirmation hearings” that they believed the precedent was “egregiously wrong from the start,” since there was no significant change between those confirmation hearings and the decision to overturn that precedent.

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“The Justices said that Roe v. Wade was egregiously wrong from the start. That means Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh had to have known that during their confirmation hearings, because Roe v. Wade was decided fifty years ago…Did any of them say [in confirmation hearings] Roe v. wade was ‘egregiously wrong from the start?’ No, they didn’t! In fact, they said the opposite…They could have said, ‘I’m not going to talk about Roe v. Wade, I’m not going to answer your question.’ But that is not what Justice Kavanaugh did. He went above and beyond to intentionally mislead the American people.”

The overturn of Roe has the potential to be one of the most impactful decisions the Supreme Court has handed down in its history, potentially endangering millions of women, forcing pregnant people to seek alternative options, and ultimately resulting in forced birth and fewer healthcare choices for an untold number of individuals who will become victims of this ruling.

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