David Sharp and Patrick Whittle | Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine — Sen. Susan Collins was heavily criticized Friday for dismissing Roe v. Wade as opponents targeted her vote for the confirmation of two Supreme Court justices who most say were allowing states to ban abortion.
Critics of the Maine senator have not forgotten the key role she played in the confirmation of Judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, and she was once again torn apart on social media.
Some opponents began to insult and criticize Collins for being naive or complicit. Others called for her resignation. University of Maine professor Amy Fried said Collins “helped make it happen” and the Maine Democratic Party said part of the blame lay with Collins’ feet.
Collins was considered the casting vote in favor of Kavanaugh. She waited several months before announcing her decision in a 45-minute speech. Shortly after her speech ended, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced that he was also voting for Kavanaugh.
The Senate voted 50-48.
Liberal advocacy group Mainers For Accountable Leadership said Collins “should immediately apologize to these organizations that she fired and humiliated in her speech declaring her support for Kavanaugh.”
Rachel Irvine, who works for Together Again, which promotes President Joe Biden’s political agenda, called Friday’s news about Collins’ abortions “legacy.”
Collins, a Republican, was a supporter of a woman’s right to an abortion. She also crossed the aisle on key issues, including a split with Republicans over former President Donald Trump’s travel ban from several Muslim countries, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and whether Trump should be condemned following his impeachment after the January 1 Capitol riot. . 6, 2021.
The senator said in a statement Friday that she has received assurances from Kavanaugh and Gorsuch that Roe v. Wade is an established legal precedent.
“To drop overnight a precedent that a country has relied on for half a century is not conservative,” she said. “This is a sudden and radical push for the country that will lead to political chaos, anger and a further loss of confidence in our government.”
Collins’ statement came minutes before Biden called the decision a “tragic mistake.” She did not respond to an interview request Friday from the Associated Press.
The senator in her statement targeted Gorsuch and Kavanaugh for changing their face based on what they told her privately and said at the confirmation hearing.
“This decision is inconsistent with what Judges Gorsuch and Kavanaugh said in their testimony and in their meetings with me, where they both insisted on the importance of upholding the longstanding precedents that the country has built on,” she said.
Gorsuch’s confirmation vote was not as narrow as Kavanaugh’s, whose nomination was nearly derailed by allegations of sexual assault, which he denied. The senators approved Gorsuch’s candidacy by 54 votes to 45.
Collins voted against the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, saying it was too late for the Trump presidency and that his successor had to nominate to fill the vacancy.
Despite criticism from Collins and hangers sent to her office, she easily won a fifth term in 2020.
She said she supported a bipartisan bill to codify the right to abortion. “Our goal with this law is to do what the court was supposed to do – to ensure consistency in our abortion laws that Americans have relied on for 50 years,” she said.