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 FeinsteinLawmakers praise bonus-clawback suspension, pledge permanent fix Defense chief pledges to 'resolve' bonus clawback issue California National Guard official: Congress knew about bonus repayments 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 LeahyKey GOP chairman calls for 'robust review' of AT&T-Time Warner deal Dem asks for 'highest level of scrutiny' on AT&T-Time Warner deal Report: Investor visa program mainly funds wealthy areas 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 SessionsMcCain: Accepting election results is 'American way' GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Some in GOP say Trump has gone too far 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