The floor speech Collins made justifying her vote is chock full of these kinds of empty promises from Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh told her, she said, that the court need to uphold past decisions to create “stability, predictability, reliance, and fairness.” She said “When I asked him, would it be sufficient to overturn a long-established precedent if five current justices believed that it was wrongly decided, he emphatically said no.” He must have had his fingers crossed behind his back.
She went on CNN and reiterated all that. She told Dana Bash that Kavanaugh told her, “for a precedent, among established precedents like Roe, to be overturned, it would have to have been grievously wrong and deeply inconsistent. He noted that Roe had been reaffirmed 19 years later by Planned Parenthood vs. Casey and that it was precedent on precedent.” So much for abortion ruling precedents.
She might be right. Kavanaugh might not vote to overturn Roe. But he would vote to make abortion impossible to have in every state of the union, given the chance, leaving the completely gutted husk of Roe. That’s on Collins.