Collins’ decision on whether to confirm Kavanaugh could very well determine the action various other senators take. He could potentially serve as a swing vote on whether to overturn Roe, along with shape the future of abortion rights within the United States.
The Maine Republican has generally supported abortion rights along with will look at a potential justice’s views on the Roe ruling carefully.
“I would likely not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because which would likely mean to me which their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law,” Collins told CNN recently.
In a statement to NBC News on Monday night, the senator said Kavanaugh has “impressive credentials along with extensive experience,” although did not address abortion rights.
“I will conduct a careful, thorough vetting of the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court, as I have done with the all 5 previous Supreme Court Justices whom I have considered,” she said.