Gillibrand: Some Supreme Court justices ‘lied’ about Roe v. Wade during confirmation hearings

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. (Jacob Walsh /WXXI)

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said some Supreme Court justices lied during confirmation hearings about whether they would overturn Roe v. Wade. 

The decision protects the right to an abortion up to 24 weeks into pregnancy. A recently leaked draft of an opinion appears to throw out the landmark case. 

But Gillibrand said several Supreme Court justices, including Justice Alito, who authored the draft opinion, stated during their confirmation hearings that they would not overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Every single one of them said they would not undermine a settled precedent, every single one of them said under oath, that they would actually preserve Roe,” Gillibrand said. “So the fact that they all lied, is shocking.”

Gillibrand said the U.S. House of Representatives oversight committee should hold hearings on the issue, and review testimony made by justices.

“I hope we have hearings, because I don’t know how you can accept Supreme Court justices who lied in order to be confirmed,” Gillibrand said. “That is absolutely fraud, and there should be consequences. So I hope there’s an investigation.”