On the second day of SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh‘s questioning by senators, he was challenged on his views about abortion by Senator Kamala Harris, who caught him slightly off guard with a pointed question.
After asking Kavanaugh if he believes a “right to privacy protects a woman’s choice to terminate her pregnancy,” his somewhat undulating answer made her conclude that he was being evasive.
“Respectfully, judge, as it relates to this hearing, you’re not answering that question and we can move on,” Harris said before continuing.
“Can you think of any laws that give government the power to make decisions about the male body?” she asked.
“Um — I’m happy to answer a more specific question, but…” Kavanaugh stammered.
“Male versus female,” Harris said.
After he fumbled a bit, Harris pitched the question again.
“I’m not aware of any right now, Senator,” Kavanaugh replied.
.@senkamalaharris asks Judge #Kavanaugh: "Can you think of any laws that give government the power to make decisions about the male body?" pic.twitter.com/HbmkmIzuJg
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 6, 2018
Kavanaugh was evading answers about abortion from other senators as well, which included questions about his views on Roe vs. Wade. As the protests and uproar around Kavanaugh’s hearing indicate, there are lots of people worried about exactly where he stands on the issue. Today he didn’t do much to temper those worries.
You can watch a longer version of the exchange here.
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