Supreme Court justice nominee coming July 9, Trump says

In Supreme Court pick, Trump can push conservative social agenda

In Supreme Court pick, Trump can push conservative social agenda

It's not certain who has made the president's shortlist, but many outlets have reported that Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a former Kennedy clerk, is the frontrunner. "And that will happen automatically in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court".

The Supreme Court job is for life.

This new appointment could transform the court for decades.

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. Anti-abortion conservatives, mostly Republicans, have long opposed the ruling.

Nearly as soon as Kennedy's retirement was announced, several anti-abortion rights groups seized on the moment.

"This will shift Roe v. Wade, whether it will mean that it will be overruled or undercut is another matter". McConnell declared the Senate "will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy's successor this fall". "It's not a precedent I agree with, or agreed with, but we should expect that he be consistent".

Still, a more conservative court may be more willing to chip away at abortion rights by upholding state restrictions that Kennedy and the four liberal justices would have been likely to strike down. In the court's most recent major abortion ruling, Kennedy was in the majority to strike down regulations on Texas abortion clinics.

"He has been a crucial vote in landmark reproductive rights cases", Northup said.

"That was a presidential election year, so it was very, very different", said Sen. Whomever Trump nominates is expected to sway the court to the right. Republican and Democratic leaders traded accusations and barbed comments Thursday on the new vacancy, abortion rights and the debate to come.

The Trump presidential campaign of 2016 put together an initial list with input from conservative lawyers and activists steeped in the politics of judicial nominations. "It will be cast as a pretty pivotal vote on the court on this issue and many, many others".

Heitkamp said she stressed the importance of a nominee "who is pragmatic, fair, compassionate, committed to justice, and above politics". Trump has also appointed 20 District Court judges.

Is Roe v. Wade really in peril?

Roberts voted in favor of gun rights in two cases that held that Americans have the right to have guns, at least for self-defense in their homes.

"This is about all 100 senators hearing from people on a daily basis that they do not want people, women, families, criminalized", Hogue said.

"That's not a question I'll be asking them", he said.

Who is Trump listening to?

She points to what's known as a "heartbeat bill" in Iowa, where state lawmakers recently approved one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. Other states, including MS and Louisiana, have banned abortion at 15 weeks' gestation, and others have prohibited specific methods.

For Republicans, meanwhile, a high-profile battle over abortion rights and health care could alienate women in particular and complicate their chances at holding Senate seats in swing states like Nevada and Arizona, as well as in the suburban battlegrounds that will determine control of the House.

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. The organization describes itself as conservatives and libertarians who believe the separation of government powers is central to the Constitution that the duty of the judiciary is to say what the law is, not what it should be.

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