MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It is day three of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, and part of it has been filled with protests in Washington D.C.
During the hearings, U.S. Senators ask Kavanaugh questions. The last few days, people interrupted the hearings shouting "Our body is our choice" and "don't end abortion."
There was even a rally in Montgomery Thursday morning, where pro-life activists urged U.S. Senator Doug Jones to vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.
"Judge Kavanaugh has stellar credentials and a strong record on protecting life and liberty," Republican Rep. Mike Holmes.
Senator Doug Jones has not said how he will vote yet, but said he is closely watching the hearings this week. His office said he plans to set up a meeting between him and the nominee.
Senator Doug Jones' Statement:
Senator Richard Shelby said in a news release July 30, 2018 that he supports President Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee.
Senator Richard Shelby's Statement:
Allen Mendenhall, the Associate Dean at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, said Senators already know who they are going to vote for.
"A lot of what we're seeing now is just political theater because Kavanaugh has either got the votes or he doesn't," Mendenhall said.
He said Republicans are generally looking for a Justice who is an originalist or textualist. An originalist means the judge or justice uses the original meaning of the Constitution to dictate law. A textualist is someone who adheres strictly to the text, and does not usually use outside sources.
Democrats, he said, are usually going to look for someone who is more of a judicial activist. A judicial activist is someone who may base rulings off of their personal considerations.
Mendenhall said senators are going to review everything possible about Judge Kavanaugh.
"The Democrats are going to try and find any kind of smoking gun they can. Anything they can to cast and portray Kavanaugh as somebody that is going to overturn Roe v. Wade," he said. "And it's unlikely that anything that he says during the confirmation hearings is going to change the way the senators are going to vote."
Other congressmen and congresswoman have weighed in on the issue:
Statement from Rep. Terri Sewell:
Statement from Rep. Martha Roby:
Statement from Rep. Mike Rogers:
Associate Dean Mendenhall said the senators will vote Sept. 13. He said Democrats could push it back to Sept. 20.