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 FeinsteinWhite House could make 'torture' report public, says Intel Dem Top Intel Dem: Congress 'far from consensus' on encryption Congress strikes deal on water bill with Flint aid 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 LeahyThe Hill's 12:30 Report Passing US-Canada preclearance would improve security and economy GOP wants to move fast on Sessions 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 SessionsSharpton pressures Dems on Trump nominees Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration Could bipartisanship rise with Trump government? 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.

--Alexander Bolton