Things to know about abortion and the Supreme Court

Things to know about abortion and the Supreme Court

Things to know about abortion and the Supreme Court

President Trump has begun interviewing possible nominees for the Supreme Court seat that will become open when Justice Anthony Kennedy retires at the end of the month.

With Trump saying he'll pick from a list of 25 potential nominees he's compiled with guidance from conservatives, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said any of them would be "virtually certain" to favor overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that affirmed women's right to abortion. "Those are people who are under very serious consideration, two of them as you know are people who throw the process to some extent", Leo said.

Adding to the worries of those who support abortion access, Collins's spokesman has previously said that the senator "does not apply ideological litmus tests to nominees" when asked whether she would take a nominee's stance on Roe v. Wade into account.

Collins said Sunday that Trump made clear to her during their meeting last week that he wouldn't ask his list of potential replacements for Kennedy whether they would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Among the precedents that some are anxious the court could possibly reverse: the same-sex marriage law and the abortion case, Roe v. Wade.

Trump's nominee must win Senate confirmation. "I would tell my pro-life friends: You can be pro-life and conservative, but you can also believe in 'stare decisis, '" he said, citing the legal term involving legal precedent that means "to stand by things decided". "Susan Collins can not simultaneously say she supports Roe v. Wade and support anybody on that list; that would be quite hypocritical".

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"I think we do need a pro-life justice, and I've always been in favor of that", Paul responded. The 81-year-old served as a significant swing vote on a number of key issues, including abortion and gay rights, and his exit on July 31 has presented Trump with the opportunity to impact the court for multiple generations.

If there is a danger of losing Republican votes, the nominee could prevail by courting Democratic senators seeking re-election this year in states Trump carried in 2016, including Sens.

Pro-abortion rights activists are reportedly sending Republican Sen.

If Collins and Murkowski vote "no" and Democrats all vote "no", the nomination would be blocked. "Is it fair to say that the president won't pick someone who has a record of opposition to Roe v. Wade?".

CNN host Jake Tapper pointed to criticisms on the left suggesting Collins could be "played" by supporting conservative nominees who could potentially still vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, even if they hadn't "demonstrated hostility" to the program in the past.

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