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Majority Want SCOTUS Pick To Back Abortion Rights

04 July 2018

The four candidates interviewed so far, first reported by the Above the Law blog, are all federal appeals court judges whose names appear on a list of 25 supreme court prospects published a year ago by the White House.

A source familiar with the process said Friday that he has narrowed the list of 25 potential candidates to about five, but that he could consider as many as seven, including two women.

Pro-abortion Democrats are anxious about the possibility that Trump's replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy will be a pro-lifer who helps overturn Roe v. Wade.

After the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed Senate rules previous year, eliminating the filibuster of Supreme Court nominees and clearing the way for easy confirmation of Trump's first pick Justice Neil Gorsuch, Republicans feel emboldened. And Justin Clark, the director of the Office of Public Liaison, will oversee White House coordination with outside groups.

"I think this confirmation will be especially important, because there are a lot of areas of constitutional law where there is uncertainty right now", he said.

Possible nominees being eyed include Thomas Hardiman, who serves alongside Trump's sister on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Raymond Kethledge, a federal appeals court judge who clerked for Kennedy.

Every senator's vote will count in confirming the eventual nominee because with Sen.

An advocacy group called One Nation last week began running a digital ad calling on Nelson to "say no to the left" and support Trump's pick.

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The White House has also yet to announce who will shepherd the nominee through the Senate confirmation process, acting as the nominee's "sherpa". "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".

A majority of voters want the next Supreme Court justice to support abortion rights, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted in the immediate wake of Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement last week.

Collins voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch to court a year ago.

Activists who said they support civil rights and abortion rights mixed with Democratic senators.

Few governmental parlor games obsess official Washington more than trying to determine the identity of an upcoming Supreme Court nominee, and the frenzy of speculation in the corridors of power over the past week has proven that this go-round will be no exception.

"What we are here to do is try to break it down for everybody so that they understand, no matter what the issue that you care about, at the end of the day, it always comes down to the courts", Kang said.

And while Democrats fear another conservative justice in general, one large area of focus will be on any nominee's stance on abortion.

Several of the women anxious about Trump's tweets and about new restrictions on clinics that perform abortions. Eighty percent of Democrats opposed Trump nominating a judge who would make abortion illegal and 66 percent of independents said the same.

Majority Want SCOTUS Pick To Back Abortion Rights