Bennet pledges to appoint judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade

Bennet pledges to appoint judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade
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Presidential hopeful Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Bennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever MORE (D-Colo.) pledged Thursday to appoint judges who will "uphold the precedent of Roe v. Wade."

Asked during a CNN town hall what steps he would take to uphold the landmark Supreme Court decision guaranteeing a woman's right to abortion, Bennet said he would make sure "that the judges I appoint are judges that will uphold the precedent of Roe v. Wade to begin with."

Bennet also praised a plan by fellow Democratic presidential contender Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris campaign releases web video highlighting opposition to death penalty Sanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Biden seeks to fundraise off fact he's running out of money MORE (D-Calif.) to involve the Justice Department in states' attempts to restrict abortion. Harris's proposal would require states that have attempted to restrict abortion rights and lost court battles to obtain Justice Department’s pre-approval before they can move forward with new restrictions.

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“Women’s reproductive rights are under assault all over the United States. Women’s health care is under assault all over the United States,” he said.

Bennet added that he supports the decisions by a number of major film production companies to boycott Georgia if the state's new "heartbeat" abortion law goes into effect. 

“I think it’s important, it’s helpful and it’s necessary. Look, this is a moment when our democracy is under siege in so many different ways," he said. "This isn’t about just politicians. This is about all of America rising up and saying, we’re going in a different direction.”

A series of states in recent weeks have passed laws to curtail access to abortion. Several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick MORE (D-N.Y.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers Biden seeks to fundraise off fact he's running out of money MORE (I-Vt.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerGabbard hits back at 'queen of warmongers' Clinton The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Former public school teacher: Strikes 'wake-up call' for Democratic Party MORE (D-N.J.), have also said they would appoint only Supreme Court justices who support Roe v. Wade.