FILE - In this Monday, June 25, 2018 file photo, pro-choice and anti-abortion advocates hold signs as they demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. Among those riveted by the drama of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination are the rival sides in America's abortion debate, each convinced that the nationwide right to abortion is at stake. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Kavanaugh drama: high stakes for rivals in abortion debate

September 26, 2018 - 1:00 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Among those riveted by the drama of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination are the rival sides in America's abortion debate. Each side is convinced that the nationwide right to abortion is at stake.

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh deflected questions about whether he might favor overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established that right in all 50 states. However, anti-abortion activists and abortion-rights supporters share a belief that Kavanaugh would be open to upholding state laws that would weaken Roe by further restricting abortion access.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had been part of a 5-4 Supreme Court majority in favor of fundamental abortion rights. Kavanaugh would likely tip the balance the other way, say activists on both sides of the debate.

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