Top Supreme Court candidates' views on abortion under scrutiny

Leroy Wright
July 5, 2018

From a list of 25 candidates, President Trump said on Friday that he would announce his choice to replace Justice Kennedy on July 9.

Neither the White House nor Trump himself revealed the names except for saying that he interviewed four potential Supreme Court nominees. Top contenders include federal appeals judges Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amul Thapar and Amy Coney Barrett - all of whom spoke with Trump on Monday. She is the godmother to one of my daughters, and we have children who have been friends since birth.

"The justices that I'm going to appoint will be pro-life; they will have a conservative bent".

Susan Collins (R-ME) coat hangers in an effort to push her to vote down any Supreme Court nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that made abortion legal in America.

It is possible that Trump's nominee will prove more divisive than Gorsuch.

In the case of a 50-50 vote on the nominee, Vice President Mike Pence could cast the tie-breaking vote.

She is not merely the nominee to whom Senator Feinstein, Yoda-like, said, "The dogma lives loudly within you, and that's a concern".

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Kennedy has been a key vote in several highly contested issues including abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights.

The president nominated 34 judges to the United States Court of Appeals, and the Senate has already confirmed 20.

Collins has equivocated regarding whether she would vote to confirm a Trump nominee who was anti-choice-as numerous 25 who are considered contenders are.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump met with four people for 45 minutes each Monday and will continue meetings through the rest of the week. Trump, however, has previously thrown his support behind fierce women like U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

"I think the person that is chosen will be outstanding", he said.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Neil Gorsuch. Lee has been floated as a potential justice as well in the conservative press. A Court that seemed likely, after Justice Antonin Scalia's death in 2016, to shift in a "liberal" direction could well embrace a more "conservative" approach, not only to statutory and constitutional interpretation, but also with respect to its own role in our government, our policies, and our culture. Conservative groups rallied around Barrett after her confirmation hearing past year featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions. Barrett told the senators that her faith would not affect her decisions as a judge.

Ms. Larsen has claimed there is sexism in the career of law, a common refrain by those who support abortion under the guise of equal rights for women. Collins, who appeared on ABC's "This Week" and CNN's "State of the Union", said she would only back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the Roe decision, which has always been anathema to conservatives.

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