Facing questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee
, Gorsuch was asked by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, if Trump ever asked him to overturn Roe v. Wade
in his interview with the President.
"No ... I would have walked out the door," Gorsuch said. "That's not what judges do."
Trump repeatedly campaigned on tapping a Supreme Court judge who would be anti-abortion rights, and had continued this narrative into his presidency.
In an interview with "60 Minutes,"
Trump told CBS News' Leslie Stahl that he would appoint "pro-life" justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade
and send the issue back to the states.
During Trump's first week in office, he signed an executive action
reversing policy that allowed funding to international non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortion.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, said Gorsuch would have to explain his position
on Roe v. Wade
more-so than other nominees because of Trump's statements on nominating judges who are opposed to abortion.
"If you fail to be explicit and forthcoming and definite in your responses, we have to assume that you will pass the Trump litmus test," Blumenthal said.
Gorsuch also defended the value of precedent when asked about the controversial abortion law.
"Part of the value of precedent -- and it has lots of value, it has value in and of itself, because it is our history and our history has value intrinsically. But it also has an instrumental value in this sense: it adds to the determinacy of law," the judge said.
"Once a case is settled, that adds to the determinacy of the law," Gorsuch added. "What was once a hotly contested issue is no longer a hotly contested issue. We move forward."