WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Despite protests by critics claiming Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) is "morally unfit" for the position of attorney general, the Trump nominee stood by his pro-life stance at Tuesday's confirmation hearing, calling Roe v. Wade "one of the worst, colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time."
"It violated the Constitution, and really attempted to set policy and not follow law," he added.
"I am pro-life," he affirmed in the face of questioning.
A group of more than 250 interfaith leaders, primarily from liberal Christian denominations, held protests outside of the hearing. One religious leader said that Sessions "proven by his record and his words, does not share our shared values of love, justice and mercy."
According to National Right to Life, the nation's oldest and largest pro-life organization, Sessions has a 100-percent pro-life voting record. The organization praised the Alabama senator, saying, "Jeff Sessions will bring to the Justice Department a strong record in defense of innocent, human life and consistent opposition to the imposition of social legislation by the judiciary."
As a senator, Sessions has voted for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which protects unborn children as well as those born alive after botched abortions.
Sessions acknowledged, however, that Roe v. Wade is Court precedent. "Roe v. Wade is the law of the land," he said. "It deserves respect and I will respect and follow it."
Planned Parenthood is responding with skepticism, tweeting Tuesday, "His record shows otherwise. He has said he wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned and called it a 'lawless' decision."
With regard to gay "marriage," Sessions remarked, "The majority of the Court has established the definition of marriage for the entire United States of America, and I will follow that decision." In the past, Sessions has opposed gay marriage and been critical of open homosexuality in the military, voting against the Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010.
Another issue that made headlines was the way Sessions might enforce federal marijuana laws. "I won't commit to never enforcing federal law," he said. "But absolutely, it's a problem of resources for the federal government."
Under the Obama administration, medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries have spread, regardless of the fact that marijuana is a banned substance in most states.
If confirmed as attorney general, which is expected to take place in January, Sessions will be head of the Department of Justice and will be the top law enforcement officer and prosecutor for the federal government.