Under questioning by the senior senators of each side of the aisle — GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein — Judge Coney Barrett repeatedly declined to give her views of Roe v. Wade and Supreme Court precedent that preserved that 1973 landmark.
“I have no agenda to try to overrule Casey,” Barrett told Feinstein, referring to the 1992 court ruling that said states may not put an 'undue burden' on a woman’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy.
To questions from Sen. Feinstein, she said she did not want to comment on how she would rule: “I can’t express views on cases. I can’t pre-commit.”
Feinstein invoked Justice Antonin Scalia, who Barrett has said was her mentor, pointing out that he believed Roe was wrongly decided. She asked Barrett if she agreed with Scalia.
Barrett responded by invoking liberal Justice Elena Kagan, who declined to “grade precedent” during her hearing or give a “thumbs up or a thumb down” in any case, particularly one as controversial as Roe.
Watch the exchange with Sen. Graham on abortion here: