Jul 27, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Hawley: I'll only back Supreme Court nominee who says Roe v. Wade "wrongly decided"

Josh Hawley during a Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee hearing  in Washington, DC,on June 3
Sen. Josh Hawley during a Senate hearing in June. Photo: Greg Nash/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) told the Washington Post Sunday he wouldn't vote for a Supreme Court nominee unless they went "on the record" in speaking out against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that provides federal protection for abortion.

What he's saying: "I will vote only for those Supreme Court nominees who have explicitly acknowledged that Roe v. Wade is wrongly decided," the Senate Judiciary Committee member said. "By explicitly acknowledged, I mean on the record and before they were nominated."

"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."
— Josh Hawley to WashPost

Why it matters: Hawley's comments come as Republicans are making preparations in case there's a vacancy on the Supreme Court, WashPost notes.

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