Leading abortion rights group calls on Democrats to replace Feinstein on judicial committee
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“Americans – whose lives are on the line – deserve leadership that underscores how unprecedented, shameful and wrong this process is,” NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement on Friday. “The member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, did not clarify this and in fact offered an appearance of credibility to the proceedings that are very out of step with the American people. leadership.”
Many Democrats and progressive groups argue that Barrett’s nomination and confirmation hearings are “illegitimate” because the election is only a few weeks away and millions of people have already voted.
Demand Justice, a progressive group that often defies the Democratic establishment, called on Feinstein to step down earlier this week. But NARAL’s Friday calls came as a surprise from an organization that generally aligns with Democratic leaders.
NARAL and other abortion rights groups have been the fiercest opponents of Barrett’s appointment, arguing that his confirmation in court would endanger Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that established a woman’s right to abortion. They are also worried about how Barrett would rule on an ongoing case that could result in the overturning of the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
Feinstein, 87, has been the target of progressives demanding new Democratic leadership, especially since it seems more likely that Democrats could win back a majority in the Senate in November.
Feinstein signaled her opposition to removing legislative obstruction and she was criticized for her handling of justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughJustice Alito bristles at the progressive course of the conservative Supreme Court Protect our courts: investigate Jan 6 Supreme Court overturns FHFA Director’s dismissal protection MOREconfirmation of charges hearings in 2018.
After Barrett’s hearings ended Thursday, Feinstein was seen hugging the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey grahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Finance: Republicans Warn Biden Against Infrastructure Deal | White House pushes back criticism | Biden Sinema phones | Consumer spending stagnates in May, personal incomes drop GOP senators warn they could withdraw support for Biden White House deal: ‘Absurd’ for GOP to challenge two-track infrastructure approach MORE (RS.C.), who is in a tough battle for his re-election.
“Thank you for your fairness and your opportunity to go back and forth. That leaves a lot of hope,” Feinstein said.
Feinstein said she would vote against Barrett’s confirmation.
Jordan Carney contributed.