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Confirmation Hearings For Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Enter Third Day

WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch entered a third day Wednesday.

Gorsuch faced more questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

When pressed about Roe v. Wade, Gorsuch said he accepts the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortions nationwide.

"A fetus is not a person for purposes of the 14th amendment, and the book explains that," he said.

When asked whether he accepts that, he replied, "that's the law of the land. I accept the law of the land, senator, yes."

On Tuesday, Gorsuch testified he made no promises to anyone about how he would decide cases, including to the president. He also tried to justify revealing little on how he might rule on cases.

"Revealing anything is the end of the independent judiciary," he said.

But Sen. Chuck Schumer said Gorsuch "has bent over backwards to avoid revealing anything, anything at all, about his judicial philosophy."

Republicans predict he'll win confirmation, but a growing number of Democrats are calling for Gorsuch's confirmation to be delayed because of the FBI investigation of ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says that's "ridiculous.''

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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