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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 BennetDemocrats vow to push for permanent child tax credit expansion Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap Schumer waiting for recommendation on Supreme Court expansion 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 HarrisHarris's uncle discusses COVID-19 surge in India: 'The conditions are pretty bad' Updating the aging infrastructure in Historically Black Colleges and Universities Bowser on Manchin's DC statehood stance: He's 'not right' 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 GillibrandAustin tight lipped on whether to take sexual assault cases out of commanders' hands Gillibrand touts legislation to lower drug costs: This idea 'is deeply bipartisan' A bipartisan effort to prevent the scourge of sexual assault in the armed forces MORE (D-N.Y.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden campaign promises will struggle if Republicans win back Congress Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers MORE (I-Vt.) and Cory BookerCory BookerBush testifies before Congress about racist treatment Black birthing people face during childbirth, pregnancy Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls Never underestimate Joe Biden MORE (D-N.J.), have also said they would appoint only Supreme Court justices who support Roe v. Wade.