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 FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTrump’s CIA pick facing brutal confirmation fight This week: Senate barrels toward showdown over Pompeo Sunday Shows Preview: Emmanuel Macron talks ahead of state dinner MORE’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!”
 
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U.S. Capitol Police scrambled to remove the protester from the hearing room.
 
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyCongress should build on the momentum from spending bill Overnight Tech: Zuckerberg grilled by lawmakers over data scandal | What we learned from marathon hearing | Facebook hit with class action lawsuit | Twitter endorses political ad disclosure bill | Uber buys bike share Overnight Cybersecurity: Zuckerberg faces grilling in marathon hearing | What we learned from Facebook chief | Dems press Ryan to help get Russia hacking records | Top Trump security adviser resigning MORE (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.”
 
Despite criticizing Sotomayor in his opening statement, Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsCalifornia secession movement cleared to begin collecting signatures Sessions declines to recuse himself from Cohen probe: report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ala.) backed Leahy’s call for orderly proceedings.
 
“I support you 100 percent,” said Sessions.