Pro-abortion rights activists sending coat hangers to GOP senator

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Senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have voiced support for the legality of abortion, with Collins saying that she would find any nominee who opposes the Roe v. Wade decision to be "unacceptable".

In fact, in 2017, Neil Gorsuch - Trump's first Supreme Court pick who now sits on the court - said he would have "walked out the door" had Trump asked him to overturn Roe v. Wade because "that's not what judges do".

Mr. Trump said last weekend that he narrowed his choice to about five candidates, including two women.

"I told [Trump] that I was looking for a nominee that would demonstrate a respect for precedent, a long-standing and vital tenet of our judicial system", Collins said Sunday on ABC.

With Kennedy gone, many people are predicting that Roe v. Wade could be overturned.

But the eventual nominee already faces a hurdle: Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, and Sen. "Someone who tries to keep an open mind and perspective nominees like Brett Cavanaugh, Amy Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman are people who have not specifically said they oppose Roe vs. Wade and their writings and their work show that they are very fair".

Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst, who has often challenged some of the president's wilder claims and those made by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, explained that Chief Justice John Roberts and his views on what kind of role the nation's highest court should play would likely keep the landmark decision on abortion intact.

If Collins and Murkowski vote "no" and Democrats all vote "no", the nomination would be blocked.

Hume said if Trump loses the support of Collins and Murkowski "it's hard to believe" the Republicans would "pick up any Democrats" to achieve a majority confirming the nominee.

In the third presidential debate in October of 2016, Trump was asked by moderator Chris Wallace if he wanted to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe. "Roe versus Wade, in many ways, has been affirmed over the years".

"My colleagues on both sides of the aisle [Democrats and Republicans] know that this could be one of the key votes of their entire career", Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington state said on NBC's Meet the Press program.

Justice Anthony Kennedy announced last week that he was retiring at the end of of July, triggering fears that his GOP-appointed replacement would lead the court in overruling the historic Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

"He's looking for individuals that have the right intellect, the right temperament and that will uphold the constitution", she said.

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