Georgia Congressman Doubles Down on His RBG Tweet and Pro-Life Stance: 'It's Very Personal for Me'

Emily Czachor | Newsweek

Republican Congressman Doug Collins continued to push for a conservative Supreme Court justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday. The U.S. representative from Georgia is specifically calling for a replacement to undo, or at least stand against, the late trailblazer's record of pro-choice advocacy.

"It's very personal for me," Collins told reporters from Channel 2, an ABC-affiliated news station based in Atlanta, during a rally near Gainesville. The congressman is currently campaigning for a Senate seat ahead of Georgia's special election this November.

His latest comments followed a controversial tweet shared to social media on Friday—after the announcement of Ginsburg's passing—which suggested President Donald Trump should nominate a successor that does not support abortion rights. Trump pledged to appoint a nominee promptly in the wake of Ginsburg's death.

"RIP to the more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws," Collins wrote on Twitter. "With @realDonaldTrump nominating a replacement that values human life, generations of unborn children have a chance to live."

Ginsburg, a feminist icon who fought for gender equality throughout her decades-long tenure on the Supreme Court, died on Friday after a lengthy battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87 years old. Her passing sparked widespread concern about the future of Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, of which Ginsburg was a vocal proponent.

"The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman's life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself," Ginsburg said in 2018. "When Government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices."