N.H. senators unlikely to back court pick

NASHUA – Because they are pro-choice female Democrats, members of New Hamphire’s congressional delegation seem unlikely to support Judge Brett Kavanaugh in his bid to become the next U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Shortly after President Donald Trump announced Kavanaugh’s nomination late Monday, senators and representatives from New Hampshire weighed in on the matter.

“The court has reaffirmed these principles in landmark decisions that maintained protections for women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ civil liberties and health care coverage for millions of Americans that depend on the Affordable Care Act,” U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said. “I will only support Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination if he protects the civil rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution.”

U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., said she’s concerned about his commitment to the rights of all Americans because of Trump’s assurance that Roe v. Wade will be overturned by his nominees to the court.

“In the coming days, Judge Kavanaugh must be clear about how he views the importance of legal precedent and straightforward in his answers about past cases involving women’s reproductive rights, health care, the environment, LGBTQ equality and civil rights of all Americans,” Hassan said.

Although she, unlike Shaheen and Hassan, will not get a vote in the matter, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., reflected strong reservations.

“It’s critical that any Supreme Court justice upholds the rights and values enshrined by the Constitution, ensures a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, protects access to health care for all and preserves protections for the LGBTQ community. I urge the Senate to carefully examine the qualifications of Judge Kavanaugh to ensure that he will defend our constitutional liberties and respect judicial precedent that protects the rights of individual Americans,” Kuster said.

– ADAM URQUHART