Abortion protester's outburst interrupts Sotomayor hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor were briefly interrupted Monday morning by the outburst of an anti-abortion-rights activist.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) opening statement was brought to a dead halt by a protester who screamed out: "What about abortion?" and "Stop the genocide of unborn Latinos!"

Capitol police scrambled to take the protester out of the hearing room.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) gaveled the hearing room to order and declared: "There will be no outbursts allowed in the committee either for or against the nominee."

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who despite criticizing Sotomayor in his opening statement, backed Leahy's call for orderly proceedings.

"I support you 100 percent," said Sessions.

--Alexander Bolton