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Gillibrand says she'll only pick judges who back Roe v. Wade

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks to supporters during an election night watch party hosted by the New York State Democratic Committee, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in New York. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks to supporters during an election night watch party hosted by the New York State Democratic Committee, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in New York. | Photo: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer.

May 07, 2019 11:06 AM

ADEL, Iowa (AP) - Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand is promising that if elected president, she'll only appoint Supreme Court justices who strongly support the Roe v. Wade decision, imposing a key litmus test consistent with most Democrats' values but which White House contenders usually don't express.

The New York senator wrote Tuesday in a Medium post that Republican-led legislatures nationwide have attempted to impose major abortion restrictions. She said she'd only nominate judges who "will commit to upholding Roe v. Wade as settled law." The 1973 case established a woman's constitutional right to abortion.

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Gillibrand noted that presidents and presidential candidates don't say that for fear of undermining the judiciary.

But she said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "stole a Supreme Court seat" by refusing to consider President Barack Obama's 2016 nomination of Merrick Garland.

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