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WATCH: Abortion rulings Roe and Casey ‘are the settled law,’ Jackson says


Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was the first senator to raise the question of abortion during the questioning of Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on March 22 as the Judiciary Committee continued its confirmation hearings. Feinstein asked Jackson whether two prominent Supreme Court rulings that established the right to abortion without an undue burden — Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey — are settled precedent. Jackson answered that they are.

“Roe and Casey are the settled law of the Supreme Court concerning the right to terminate a woman’s pregnancy. They have established a framework that the court has reaffirmed,” Jackson said.

Jackson was nominated by President Joe Biden in February to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman on the high court. After opening statements from Jackson, her colleagues and the senators March 21, senators will spend two days questioning Jackson at length about her rulings and judicial philosophy. On the final day of the hearings March 24, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from friends and colleagues of Jackson about her temperament and approach to the law.

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