WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) voted “no” on the U.S. Senate confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Amy Barrett. Sen. Collins tried to have it both ways throughout this confirmation process and only voiced opposition to ramming through this confirmation once it was clear that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had sufficient votes to confirm Amy Barrett to the Supreme Court.
Following today’s vote, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said:
“Susan Collins’ vote against Amy Barrett’s confirmation is a last-ditch effort to rewrite history and distract voters from her betrayal in voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Collins vote paved the way for cementing a right-wing majority on the Court bound and determined to gut Roe v. Wade and roll back decades of progress on reproductive freedom and women’s rights. That cannot be erased and voters will not forget. Senator Collins has continued to enable Trump and McConnell’s anti-choice, anti-freedom agenda. This vote is too little, too late. NARAL members are working day and night to talk to Maine voters about how now, more than ever, we need someone we can count on to stand up for our values and safeguard our fundamental freedoms. That someone is definitely Sara Gideon.”
No matter how much Sen. Collins tries to rewrite history in the final days before the election, one thing remains clear: She was perfectly willing to gamble with the freedoms of millions of Americans by falsely claiming Brett Kavanaugh would respect precedent, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. As a result of Collins’ decisive vote to confirm Justice Kavanaugh, we are in an all-out state of emergency when it comes to the future of reproductive freedom and the right to abortion recognized by Roe v. Wade. In the wake of Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Court—tipping the balance of the bench to a majority hostile to reproductive freedom—an emboldened anti-choice movement has pounced on the opportunity to gut Roe v. Wade. Extreme bans on abortion were introduced, passed, or signed in 31 states in 2019 alone and 17 abortion-related cases are one step away from the Supreme Court that could threaten the future of reproductive freedom and the protections of Roe.
NARAL Pro-Choice America is in the midst of our largest-ever electoral program. It is designed to reach, persuade, and mobilize key voters, including driving thousands of calls to Mainers who are motivated by Collins’ betrayal of their values and Trump and Republicans’ unyielding attacks on reproductive freedom. NARAL and its 2.5 million members are ready to flip the Senate and hold senators like Susan Collins accountable for putting their fundamental freedoms in jeopardy.