Trump considering two women for Supreme Court

Trump considering two women for Supreme Court

"As you know, there are many presidents who never get a choice", Trump said. "That will happen automatically in my opinion". His departure could set the stage for a nomination battle. 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. Trump's promise to appoint conservative, anti-abortion justices helped turn out the base voters he needed to secure his surprise victory. If he replaces Kennedy - a swing vote who often joined the court's liberal bloc on important matters - with a reliable conservative in the mold of Scalia and Gorsuch, the president may have transformed the court for a generation.

With a little over a week before his big announcement, Trump is relishing the moment. They include Trump, who once labeled Roberts "an absolute disaster" for the chief justice's critical vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act in 2012.

"Our goal in the pro-life movement has always been to make abortion illegal and unthinkable", Hawkins said.

Collins told ABC's "This Week" program, "I told [Trump] that I was looking for a nominee that would demonstrate a respect for precedent". That aligns with her willingness in recent years to counter her party on abortion issues.

Trump appeared to be excited on Wednesday about the new opportunity to reshape the federal judiciary in a conservative direction. "It's a shame when the place breaks down", said Democratic Sen.

But picking an ultra-conservative as his nominee would carry risk because Trump would have to rely on some moderate Republicans to win approval in the U.S. Senate, where his fellow Republicans have a narrow majority. Republican and Democratic leaders traded accusations and barbed comments Thursday on the new vacancy, abortion rights and the debate to come. "It will be cast as a pretty pivotal vote on the court on this issue and many, many others".

Senators who will vote on the nominee will also be consulted, aides said.

Trump told reporters Friday he would not ask potential nominees their views on abortion rights and Roe v. Wade.

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It was previously unclear if the U.S. would penalize European nations that chose to remain in the Obama-era agreement. As a result of those sanctions, companies that do business with Iran could face penalties from the U.S.

Trump's affinity for younger judges is also evident in his other nominations to the federal bench. "And with it, they hold the right to safe and legal abortion", Krasnoff said.

Is Roe v. Wade really in peril?

"This is about all 100 senators hearing from people on a daily basis that they do not want people, women, families, criminalized", Hogue said. He responded, "That's not a question I'll be asking". Joe Manchin, who is running for re-election in West Virginia, where Trump won by 42 points.

Northup, of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said restrictive laws recently passed by several states could work their way to the Supreme Court. The Senate is a majoritarian body now on all nominations and will likely stay that way. Other states, including MS and Louisiana, have banned abortion at 15 weeks' gestation, and others have prohibited specific methods.

"I was taught that two wrongs don't make a right", Heitkamp said, a nod to the fact that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed voting on Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's 2016 pick for the court, until after the presidential election. "And these states have been passing laws trying to radically change that".

That's true, and it's the goal of many abortion-rights opponents, some of whom downplay the idea that abortion could become illegal nationwide.

"I hope that my Republican colleagues who believe that women, not the government, have the right to control their bodies will stand with those of us who oppose any nominee who would deny women the right to choose", said independent Sen.

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