Abortion protester's outburst interrupts Sotomayor hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor were briefly interrupted Monday morning by the outburst of an anti-abortion-rights activist.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinThis week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress Week ahead: Election hacks, Yahoo breach in the spotlight Overnight Tech: Pressure builds ahead of TV box vote | Intel Dems warn about Russian election hacks | Spending bill doesn't include internet measure MORE's (D-Calif.) opening statement was brought to a dead halt by a protester who screamed out: "What about abortion?" and "Stop the genocide of unborn Latinos!"

Capitol police scrambled to take the protester out of the hearing room.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyOvernight Cybersecurity: FBI probes possible hack of Dems' phones | Trump's '400-pound hacker' | Pressure builds on Yahoo | Poll trolls run wild Dems slam Yahoo CEO over delay in acknowledging hack Overnight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas MORE (D-Vt.) gaveled the hearing room to order and declared: "There will be no outbursts allowed in the committee either for or against the nominee."

Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsFunding bill rejected as shutdown nears Trump, Clinton discuss counterterrorism with Egyptian president GOP senators want immigration details on attack suspects MORE (R-Ala.), who despite criticizing Sotomayor in his opening statement, backed Leahy's call for orderly proceedings.

"I support you 100 percent," said Sessions.

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