Hillary Clinton: 'Of course' Kavanaugh will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade
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Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Trump says he's not prepared to lose in 2020 MORE said on Wednesday Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would "of course" vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In a series of tweets, Clinton pointed to various instances in Kavanaugh's record that indicated support for overturning the landmark case, which established the right of women to have an abortion in the U.S.

"If Brett Kavanaugh becomes a Supreme Court justice, will he help gut or overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in America? Yes, of course he will," the former 2016 Democratic nominee tweeted.

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"A few weeks before Kavanaugh's name appeared on President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE's short list for a new justice, Kavanaugh praised the dissent in the Roe v. Wade case and called former Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist his 'hero,' noting that 'he clearly wanted to overrule Roe,'" she continued.

"Anti-abortion groups have endorsed Kavanaugh, considering him a reliable vote to overturn Roe," Clinton finished. "His confirmation would be a victory for activists who want to end a woman's right to make her own health decisions."

Clinton's statements came amid the second day of Kavanaugh's contentious hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The hearings were marked with protests and demands from Democrats for more information on the nominee's time as White House lawyer for the George W. Bush administration.

Senators including Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMaine House speaker announces challenge to Collins Senate seat GOP senators divided over approach to election security GOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks MORE (Maine) have argued that any nominee's views on Roe v. Wade must be that the case is settled law, and not open for debate. Critics of Kavanaugh have questioned whether assurances Collins said she received last month on the issue were believable.

“We talked about whether he considered Roe to be settled law. And he said that he agreed with what Justice [John] Roberts said at his nomination hearing, at which he said that it was settled law,” Collins told reporters after meeting with the nominee last month.