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: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? Hickenlooper expected to end presidential bid on Thursday 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 HarrisAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties Conservative commentator rips Shapiro over criticism of people with multiple jobs 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 Elizabeth GillibrandSteve King to Gillibrand: Odds of me resigning same as yours of winning presidential nomination The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? King incites furor with abortion, rape and incest remarks MORE (D-N.Y.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersVolatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' British Bookmaker: Warren has replaced Biden as Democratic primary favorite MORE (I-Vt.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Steve King to Gillibrand: Odds of me resigning same as yours of winning presidential nomination We need a climate plan for agriculture MORE (D-N.J.), have also said they would appoint only Supreme Court justices who support Roe v. Wade.