Now, let's talk a little about that Alito vote, because the National Organization for Women came out and rebuked Sen. Lieberman for doing the exact same thing that he did on the bankruptcy bill. He's one the members of the "Gang of 14" who really gave cover to Democrats in states where they would have trouble justifying that vote against a filibuster. Tell me your perspective on Alito and Sen. Lieberman's vote in that situation.
Look, if Ned Lamont was a U.S. Senator from Connecticut, I would have led the charge against the Alito nomination. You really learn how much our country has swung to the right when you see that, moving from Sandra Day O'Connor--who was obviously nominated by that liberal Ronald Reagan--all the way over to Judge Alito. Alito has had a long agenda and part of his agenda is to outlaw a woman's right to choose and to overturn Roe v. Wade.
If you don't think it's important, you don't think these basic rights we have are at risk, look at that bill that just came out of South Dakota, which will outlaw a woman's right to choose even in the case of rape and incest. That bill's headed right to the Supreme Court in the next 18 months or so, and it's going to be a close call--and it won't be a close call if Judge Stevens isn't there with us. So, I would've opposed Alito, I would've supported the filibuster, I would've kept that debate going. It's too crucial to what's going on.
I absolutely support women’s right to complete and appropriate health care and to reproductive freedom. I will fight to make the morning after pill available over the counter, to make emergency contraception available to all rape victims, and to support the nomination and appointment of pro-choice judges.
I would have led the opposition to the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Alito, since he fundamentally tilts the balance on the court and jeopardizes a woman’s right to choose. South Dakota recently passed a bill which outlaws a woman’s right to an abortion even in the case of rape and incest; this law is certain to be decided by the newly-reconstituted U.S. Supreme Court.