Justice Anthony Kennedy announced Wednesday that he is retiring from the United States Supreme Court, confirming months of speculation and clearing the way for President Donald Trump to appoint his second judge to the critical body.
His first justice, Neil Gorsuch, has not yet ruled on abortion's legality but is generally embraced by pro-life advocates. Five of the nine judges - called justices - agreed that the president has authority to limit travel from foreign countries for national security reasons. Now, most believe, President Donald Trump will nominate a more reliably conservative justice. Whoever replaces him will have a massive sway in the direction of the nation's highest court, possibly for decades to come.
Replacing Kennedy with a pro-life, originalist judge could give the Supreme Court its first pro-life majority since before 1973, potentially enabling Roe v. Wade to finally be overturned in one of several battles over pro-life state laws now winding through the legal system.
The other two older justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, and Stephen Breyer, 79, are Democratic appointees who would not appear to be going anywhere during a Trump administration if they can help it.
Interest groups across the political spectrum are expected to mobilize to support and fight the nomination because it is so likely to push the court to the right.
Schumer said the Senate should reject any nominee from Trump who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade or undermine key healthcare protections.
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" Meghan cried, I'm sure, she did cry, and they both said, 'Take care of yourself, we are really anxious about you, '" he said. And this is something Meghan , 36, didn't manage to do when they sat next to each other in Chester.
"We express no view on the soundness of the policy", Roberts added. Planned Parenthood, in which the Supreme Court ruled that states can not place an "undue burden" on patients seeking abortion.
Kennedy confirmed his resignation in a brief letter to the president.
Venezuela and North Korea have also been targeted.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy testifies about judicial security and independence before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington February 14, 2007. Those restrictions were not challenged in court. It is the administration's third version of the travel ban.
In the immediate term it means the government may continue to severely restrict entry of citizens of seven countries Mr. Trump and his Cabinet deemed to be uncooperative in sharing information on their travelers.
Trump also has moved to rescind protections for young immigrants called "Dreamers" who were brought to the USA illegally as children, as well as acting against states and cities that protect illegal immigrants, ending protected status for certain immigrants in the country for decades, intensifying deportation efforts and pursuing limits on legal immigration.