Later in the evening, Senator Harris had a pointed exchange with Kavanaugh about abortion rights, asking him, “Can you think of any laws that give the government the power to make decisions about the male body?”


“Uh, I’m happy to answer a more specific question,” Kavanaugh replied.

“Male versus female,” Harris said.

“There are, uh, medical procedures?” Kavanaugh said.

She asked him her question again.

“I’m not thinking of any right now, Senator,” Kavanaugh said.


Earlier in the day, Kavanaugh was pressed on his views of Roe v. Wade by Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, saying only vaguely, “As a general proposition, I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade.” This, of course, is not particularly reassuring. (And on Thursday, a leaked email written by Kavanaugh in March 2003 when he was a White House lawyer in the Bush administration made clear his views on what exactly “settled precedent” means. In it, he referred to Roe as a law that the “Court can always overrule.”)


He then defended his decision last year to try to block an undocumented teenager from having an abortion, saying he took her situation into account. “I tried to recognize the real-world effects on her,” he said, despite ignoring her wishes. “I said consider the circumstances. She’s a 17-year-old, by herself, in a foreign country. In a facility where she’s detained. And she has no one to talk to. And she’s pregnant. Now that is a difficult situation.”

How compassionate.