Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Sen. Collins: No Roe v Wade opponent for high court

Sen. Collins: No Roe v Wade opponent for high court

He will have four steadfastly liberal justices on his left and likely four deeply conservative ones to his right, including a second justice appointed by President Donald Trump. But during his Senate confirmation hearing, he said he accepts Roe v. Wade as "the law of the land".

Trump said he was working from a list of 25 conservative nominees the White House released last November, and the Center has requested disclosures for all of them.

The court is split with five judges nominated by Republican presidents and four by Democrats, ruling on many cases along ideological lines. "He has before him an opportunity to reach across the aisle and work in good faith to find a nominee who is within the legal mainstream and recognizes the needs to protect the rights of all Americans".

"A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me, because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don't want to see a judge have", Collins told ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz on ABC's "This Week" Sunday. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.) and Sen.

After the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed Senate rules past 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 it said a team of lawyers from the White House and Department of Justice are gathering information to assist Trump with the process.

As he did with the nomination of Neil Gorsuch as a SCOTUS justice past year, Mr. Trump is building up anticipation for the announcement, by tweets, public speeches and in interactions with the media.

"There is keen interest in those two, but there are at least a couple of others who are still very seriously in the mix", said the person.

"Bill Nelson claims to be independent, but then he admits he expects to vote against the Supreme Court nominee before even knowing their name", tweeted Scott.

NARAL and other pro-choice groups are demanding that Collins recognize the danger of confirming a nominee who, like Judge William Pryor, has called Roe vs. Wade "the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history" or Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has called it an "erroneous decision". "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. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution, and not reading into the Constitution language that doesn't explicitly appear.

He has been confirmed three times by the Senate already for previous appointments and has built reputation as a formidable conservative through his lectures at prestigious law schools in the U.S.

And if the votes result in a tie, Vice President Pence will hold the tie-breaking vote-and his anti-abortion stance is well-known.

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