Senator Josh Hawley has declared that he only will vote to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominees who are on record as opposing the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
“I will vote only for those Supreme Court nominees who have explicitly acknowledged that Roe v. Wade is wrongly decided,” the Missouri Republican junior senator told the Washington Post over the weekend. “By explicitly acknowledged, I mean on the record and before they were nominated.”
“I don’t want private assurances from candidates,” Hawley told the Post. “I don’t want to hear about their personal views, one way or another. I’m not looking for forecasts about how they may vote in the future or predications. I don’t want any of that. I want to see on the record, as part of their record, that they have acknowledged in some forum that Roe v. Wade, as a legal matter, is wrongly decided.”
“Roe is central to judicial philosophy. Roe is and was an unbridled act of judicial imperialism. It marks the point the modern Supreme Court said, ‘You know, we don’t have to follow the Constitution. We won’t even pretend to try,’” he went on.
The senator confirmed in a tweet that he will apply this standard to any future SCOTUS nominee, regardless of who they are nominated by.
Before I vote for any future Supreme Court nominee I want to see record evidence that they acknowledge Roe v Wade was wrongly decided as a matter of law https://t.co/QpHXB3fotb
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) July 26, 2020
“This standard, for me, applies to Supreme Court nominees, whether they’re a sitting judge or whatever,” Hawley concluded. “If there is no indication in their record that at any time they have acknowledged that Roe was wrong at the time it was decided, then I’m not going to vote for them — and I don’t care who nominates them.”
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