(CNN) — Republican Senator Susan Collins called police over the weekend after an abortion rights notice was written on a sidewalk outside her Maine home.
Collins, a moderate, has drawn particular attention — and anger — over her votes to confirm several Supreme Court justices who appear poised to overthrow Roe v. Wade.
The message, which read: “Mainers want WHPA – → vote yes, clean up your mess”, was written in chalk and appeared on the sidewalk. The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), which Collins voted against in February to send to the Senate floor, would codify the right to abortion nationwide and ban restrictions on abortion access.
The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday to propose a version of the bill, a move likely to fail amid Republican opposition. Collins, who introduced her own bill with fellow Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to codify abortion rights enacted by Roe v. Wade, has argued the Democrats’ measure is too broad.
Wade Betters, a spokesperson for Collins, told the Bangor Daily News that the curbside message was “not overtly threatening.” Collins’ office also said that because the senator receives frequent threatening letters and phone calls, “we have been advised by the Capitol Police Department to notify local law enforcement if there is activity targeting her in her home.”
Collins released a statement to the Bangor Daily News saying she was “thankful to the Bangor police officers and the city public works officer who responded to the damage to public property in front of our home.”
Abortion rights activists and liberals have criticized Collins, who voted to confirm Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch — and both have joined three other conservative judges in a leaked draft opinion that would topple Roe V. Wade.
Last week, Collins called the draft opinion “completely inconsistent” with what Gorsuch and Kavanaugh “have said in their hearings and in our meetings in my office,” although she noted in a statement that “we will not know each judge’s decision and reasoning until the Supreme Court makes an official decision in this case.”
When asked if she was misled by Kavanaugh, Collins told CNN, “My statement speaks for itself.”
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