The Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion “violated the Constitution,” Sen. Jeff Sessions declared Tuesday at his confirmation hearing.
The attorney general nominee, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he stands behind his previous allegation that Roe v. Wade was “one of the worst, colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time.”
The Daily Caller reported that the committee’s top-ranking Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, asked Sessions whether that is still his opinion. “It is,” he answered. “It violated the Constitution, and really attempted to set policy and not follow law.”
When pressed on the issue, Sessions vowed that as attorney general he would enforce federal laws permitting reproductive freedom even though he opposes such rights. He acknowledged that Roe v. Wade “is the law of the land,” adding: “It has been so established and settled for quite a long time, and it deserves respect, and I would respect it and follow it.”
Feinstein followed up by asking the nominee whether the Supreme Court ruling granting marriage equality to gays and lesbians also is “settled law” that he would respect. Sessions dodged the question by replying: “I haven’t said that the woman’s right to choose or Roe v. Wade and its progeny is not the law of the land, and not clear today. So I would follow that law.”
Source: Daily Caller