There has been a LOT of discussion about Brett Kavanaugh recently, regarding his loyalty to a conservative ideology.
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) stated she believes Kavanaugh will side with the more liberal members of the court and overturn the Alabama abortion law, keeping Roe v. Wade safe for a least a little longer.
Alabama’s New Anti-Abortion Legislation
The new law makes abortion a felony for providers in all cases but those where the mother’s health is in danger. Penalties for conducting an abortion range from 10 years to life in prison.
Pro-life advocates purposely supported this bill knowing full well it will be challenged and end up in front of the Supreme Court.
Now that there is a 5-4 conservative edge, they believe it is the ideal time to put Roe v. Wade to the test.
Senator Collins was one of the last Republicans to get on board with the Kavanaugh nomination. One of her concerns was this exact issue.
When speaking with Kavanaugh, he reportedly assured her he would respect precedent in this case.
Due to the extreme nature of the Alabama legislation, Collins believes Kavanaugh will remain true to his word.
CNN sent out a tweet quoting the Senator, saying, “The Alabama law is a terrible law. It’s very extreme. It essentially bans all abortions. I can’t imagine that any justice could find that to be consistent with the previous precedence [sic].”
With the lack of exceptions, most of the justices will more than likely vote against it because of the precedent set with Roe v. Wade, and that is if they ever agree to actually hear the case.
There is very real possibility the justices will refuse specifically because the extreme nature of the legislation.
Even if pro-choice advocates lose this battle, however, the fight is far from over. There are pieces of legislation being proposed throughout the country that are similar to Alabama’s law, with varying degrees of allowances.