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 BennetHouse Democrats chart course to 'solving the climate crisis' by 2050 'The Senate could certainly use a pastor': Georgia Democrat seeks to seize 'moral moment' Some realistic solutions for income inequality 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 HarrisTammy Duckworth hits back at Tucker Carlson: 'Walk a mile in my legs' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump wants schools to reopen, challenged on 'harmless' COVID-19 remark Judd Gregg: The coming Biden coup 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 GillibrandDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fauci 'aspirationally hopeful' of a vaccine by winter The Hill's Morning Report - Officials crack down as COVID-19 cases soar MORE (D-N.Y.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersJoe Biden wins New Jersey primary Biden wins Delaware primary Military madness in the age of COVID-19 MORE (I-Vt.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Amy Kennedy wins NJ primary to face GOP's Van Drew Booker easily wins New Jersey Senate primary MORE (D-N.J.), have also said they would appoint only Supreme Court justices who support Roe v. Wade.