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Sen. Collins: I Feel Vindicated After Kavanaugh's Planned Parenthood Vote

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), one of the last deciding votes in Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, told reporters Monday she felt “vindication” after he sided with liberal justices in deciding not to hear cases against Planned Parenthood. “I certainly do,” Collins, who reportedly supports abortion rights, told reporters when asked if she felt vindicated. According to CNN, Kavanaugh went against conservative justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch in deciding not to take up two cases from Kansas and Louisiana that involve defunding Planned Parenthood. Progressive groups told CNN that Collins’ enthusiasm was misguided, however, saying his decision on Planned Parenthood did not change his view that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. “The case had nothing to do with abortion, Kavanaugh's apparent vote not to hear this particular case does nothing to vindicate Sen. Collins' vote for Justice Kavanaugh," Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, told CNN. "Sen. Collins' should not breathe a sigh of relief until Kavanaugh squarely votes to support Roe.”