Sen. Orrin Hatch said the concern from Democrats that Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's latest Supreme Court nominee, would lead to the overturn of Roe v. Wade is unfounded.

Speaking on PBS Newshour, Hatch said Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion, is safe because it's settled law.

 

I don’t think anybody is going to overturn Roe vs. Wade. It’s a settled opinion that, yes, a lot of conservatives would like to see it overturned, but, actually, he’s got bigger fish to fry.

 

He’s going to have all he can handle to handle current cases that come before the court. So I doubt seriously that that’s really a legitimate concern. I think it becomes a false concern, so that they can vote against people like this good judge.

 

And, frankly, I think it’s pathetic that one issue like that would cause an otherwise really outstanding person to have the Democrats go against them.

Hatch also slammed Democrats for focusing primarily on abortion in their opposition to Kavanaugh.

 

The fact of the matter is that seems to be the single, sole issue that they’re interested in.

 

I think they have more interests than that, but every time we get to one of these judgeship nominations, that becomes the single, sole issue to Democrats.

 

I wish we could move off of that and count on people we know are honest, we know they’re decent, we know they have the intelligence, and he has all these things, and we know that, yes, he’s in a different party, but the party is now in the majority, and he ought to have support.