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 FeinsteinIntel leaders push controversial encryption draft Democrats block energy spending bill over Iran amendment Durbin: Iran amendment could kill energy bill 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!”
 
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U.S. Capitol Police scrambled to remove the protester from the hearing room.
 
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahySenate pressured to take up email privacy bill after overwhelming House vote House unanimously passes email privacy bill This week: Congress on track to miss Puerto Rico deadline 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.”
 
Despite criticizing Sotomayor in his opening statement, Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsTrump seeks approval from foreign policy experts, but hits snags Many Republicans uninterested in being Trump’s VP: report GOP warms to Trump MORE (R-Ala.) backed Leahy’s call for orderly proceedings.
 
“I support you 100 percent,” said Sessions.