Four of the five Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights nationwide, are men. When the Senate confirmed the judges, 91% of the yes votes came from men.
Three Republican presidents, two of whom lost the popular vote, nominated these five justices. The decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade is politically unpopular, with about 60% of Americans consistently opposing the move. And public opinion about the court itself is declining.
At the Senate hearings for the five justices, 71% of the votes cast by the women were against confirmation; 42% of the male senator votes were against.
Here are breakdowns, including by gender, of the Senate votes to confirm the five justices who voted to overthrow Roe vs. Wade.
In 2020, President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett, his third Supreme Court nomination. She was confirmed 52-48, with all Democrats and one Republican, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, voting no. In a chamber where 26 of the 100 senators were women, 85% of the votes to be confirmed came from men.
Trump nominated Brett M. Kavanaugh in 2018. He was confirmed 50-48, with only one Democrat — West Virginia’s Joe Manchin — voting yes. Men accounted for 90% of the vote for confirmation.
In 2017, Trump nominated Neil M. Gorsuch for the court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch was confirmed 54-45, with support from three moderate Democrats: Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Manchin. Of the affirmative votes, 89% came from men.
Samuel A. Alito Jr. was confirmed in 2006 as President George W. Bush’s second appointment to the court. (Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Bush’s first nominee, disagreed with the majority view on Roe’s ouster.) Alito was confirmed 58-42, with the support of four Democrats in a Senate composed of 86 men and 14 women women existed. Men accounted for 91% of the yes votes.
In a notoriously combative 1991 confirmation, Clarence Thomas, President George HW Bush’s sole nominee for the court, won by a vote of 52 to 48. Eleven Democrats supported him and two Republicans opposed confirmation. At that time there were two women in the Senate, and they shared their votes.
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-06-24/supreme-court-roe-overturn-justices-confirmed-by-senate-men 5 justices overturned Roe. 91% of senators confirming them were men