Planned Parenthood targets Kavanaugh in new ads launched on first day of confirmation hearing

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Planned Parenthood targets Kavanaugh in new ads launched on first day of confirmation hearing

Planned Parenthood is targeting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in a six-figure ad buy released on the day his Senate confirmation process began. 

The TV ads will air in Washington, D.C., and Alaska, home of Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTributes pour in for John McCain Collins: McCain struggled with vote on ObamaCare repeal GOP senators introduce bill to preserve ObamaCare’s pre-existing conditions protections MORE (R), a key vote in the confirmation process. 

The ads in D.C. will air through this week on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. Ads in Alaska will air on TV and radio. 

The ads highlight the “risk” Kavanaugh’s nomination poses to abortion access in the U.S. and urges senators to vote against his confirmation.

“These ads launching today make clear that people want a Supreme Court nominee that will protect their right to safe, legal abortion,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. 

Planned Parenthood has come out swinging against President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan defends Kaepernick: He didn’t kneel ‘to disrespect our flag’ Trump warns Syria against attack on rebel stronghold: ‘Don’t let that happen’ Omarosa celebrates second week on bestsellers list despite ‘hit-pieces’ from Trump allies MORE‘s Supreme Court nominee, arguing that his confirmation would spell the end of Roe v. Wade, the ruling that affirmed abortion rights nationwside. 

Kavanaugh has not publicly said whether he thinks the case was decided correctly, but he told Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSpotlight shifts to Kavanaugh ahead of hearings Overnight Defense: Biden honors McCain at Phoenix memorial service | US considers sending captured ISIS fighters to Gitmo and Iraq | Senators press Trump on ending Yemen civil war Senators press Trump administration on Yemen civil war MORE (R-Maine) he considers it to be “settled law.” 

But supporters of abortion rights say that’s not good enough, noting that Trump vowed during his campaign to only nominate “pro-life” Supreme Court justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Kavanaugh’s hearing was off to a fiery start Tuesday, with Democrats slamming Republicans for not giving them time to review more than 42,000 documents released to the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday. 

Protestors also interrupted the hearing several times, with Capitol Police making 22 arrests Tuesday morning.

Tuesday’s hearing will largely focus on opening statements from senators, while formal questioning of Kavanaugh will begin Wednesday.

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