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Local Groups Say Abortion Rights May Be At Stake In Kavanaugh Nomination

President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. (Wikipedia Commons)

President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. (Wikipedia Commons)

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has many eyes turning to Indiana –  incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is a key vote in the Senate.

Donnelly’s statement says only that he’ll carefully review Kavanaugh’s record and qualifications. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) is more direct – he praises Kavanaugh as an “originalist.”

“Someone who wants to apply the Constitution as written as opposed to reading into it things that aren’t there,” Young says.

Young won’t say whether he wants the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade overturned. But Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky President and CEO Christie Gillespie says abortion rights and affordable health care are at stake.

“Hoosiers should be concerned about that and should actively express their concerns to their elected officials,” Gillespie says.

Gillespie says if Kavanaugh shows a willingness to rule against those issues, Planned Parenthood Advocates and its supporters expect Donnelly to vote against the nomination.

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