Though Trump, who has little fixed ideology, has been an unpredictable and at times frustrating governing partner for the Republican leadership, he has largely adhered to GOP orthodoxy when it comes to judicial appointments, including his selection of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court a year ago. Trump himself took the unusual step of publicly releasing a list of Supreme Court candidates, most of whom were traditional jurists that many Republicans believed would uphold conservative values.
Asked by Fox's Maria Bartiromo whether he would ask potential nominees how they might come down on Roe v. Wade, Trump said: "Well, that's a big one".
"He felt confident in me to make the right choice and carry on his great legacy, that's why he did it", Trump said at a campaign rally in Fargo.
"The Senate stands ready to fulfill its constitutional role by providing advice and consent on President Trump's nominee to fill this vacancy", he said.
A key Democratic senator is encouraging President Donald Trump not to pick a Supreme Court nominee who's openly interested in overturning Roe v. Wade. The current record for longest service on the Supreme Court is held by William O. Douglas, who served for 36 years from 1939 to 1975.
But McConnell has insisted Kennedy's successor would be confirmed in the fall and demanded the "president's nominee be considered fairly and not subjected to personal attacks".
Kennedy's departure will usher in a fight for the future of the Supreme Court that many social and religious conservatives anticipated and hoped for during the 2016 campaign.
Maslin said the court opening might even end up helping the Democratic incumbents if voters become anxious that a tilt to the right will endanger abortion rights, gay rights and access to health care.
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Murkowski isn't rated as favorably among abortion rights groups, she has a 58-percent vote rating in 2018 from Planned Parenthood, but arguably there is no one in the Senate more independent than the Alaska Republican, and prouder of her reputation among women in her state.
He plans to begin interviewing possible candidates Monday but may meet with some this weekend in New Jersey.
Iowa's "heartbeat" law prohibits doctors from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can happen as early as six weeks, with exceptions in the case of certain instances of rape, incest or medical emergency. Among the issues now in the courts are Arkansas' regulation of abortion pills and a Kentucky law that would ban a common procedure for second-trimester abortions.
The fact that the law faces a state challenge hasn't convinced some of its supporters that it won't make it to the Supreme Court, however. Other states, including MS and Louisiana, have banned abortion at 15 weeks' gestation, and others have prohibited specific methods.
Is Roe v. Wade really in peril? "No matter how I vote there are going to be people who are furious at me", Collins told POLITICO. "The idea of Trump having his choice to fill another vacancy is terrifying for not only abortion rights, but for our ability to live free from discrimination in this country".
"Democrats want judges who will rewrite the Constitution any way they can do it, and take away your Second Amendment, erase your borders, throw open your jailhouse doors and destroy your freedoms", Trump said. "You know, usually they don't say that".
On Tuesday, it upheld Trump's travel ban on people entering the United States from several majority-Muslim countries.