Collins, a Republican, spoke to reporters after meeting Kavanaugh in her office. “We talked about whether he considered Roe to be settled law. He said that he agreed with what Justice Roberts said at his nomination hearing, in which he said that it was settled law,” she said. Settled law refers to a legal position that has been consistently upheld by judges. Before Kavanaugh can assume the lifetime job on the nine-member court, the Republican-controlled Senate must vote to confirm him. Trump promised during his campaign to appoint “pro-life justices” who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.