When asked about the historic Roe vs. Wade ruling, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said the ruling that legalized abortion is precedent and has been reaffirmed over the years. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch opened the second day of his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday (March 21) with a by-the-book response on abortion, calling the historic Roe vs Wade decision that legalized the procedure a "precedent" that has been reaffirmed many times. "Again, I would tell you that Roe vs. Wade, decided in 1973, is a precedent of the United States Supreme Court. It was reaffirmed in Casey in 1992 and several other cases so a good judge will consider as precedent of the United States Supreme Court worthy of treatment of precedent, like any other," Gorsuch said. Gorsuch said Supreme Court precedents deserve respect, even as he sidestepped answering whether he thought a series of contentious cases from the past had been decided correctly. On Roe vs Wade, he offered no view on whether it was properly decided.