Pro-Choice Advocates Are Sending Coat Hangers to Senator Susan Collins

Sen. Susan Collins Won't Support A Supreme Court Nominee Who Opposes Roe

Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a key vote for President Donald Trump's upcoming pick for the Supreme Court, has warned that she would oppose any nominee who would consider overturning the ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalizes abortion. In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Collins said Trump's current list includes people she "could not vote for".

"I'm going to have an in-depth conversation with the nominee and I believe very much that Roe v. Wade is settled law as it has been described by Chief Justice [John] Roberts", Collins said.

"I want to be clear that a vote for any of the proposed nominees on Trump's list is a vote to overturn Roe v. Wade", said Ezra Levin, co-founder of the protest group Indivisible.

Shah will take leave from the position of Trump's Deputy Principal Press Secretary to concentrate on getting the President's nominee through the Senate approval process, White House Spokesperson Sarah Sanders said. Republicans now hold a 51-seat majority in the Senate, and a Supreme Court nominee will be confirmed by a simple majority of votes.

Indeed, a new poll released Monday found such widespread support for Roe v. Wade. Teams of attorneys from the White House Counsel's Office and Department of Justice are working to ensure the President has all the information he needs to choose his nominee.

Trump he says he plans to meet with two to three more as he works toward a decision "over the next few days".




Democrats have begun to mobilize their supporters around the abortion issue while Republicans have begun to to downplay the significance of replacing Kennedy.

Still, Trump did not rule out the idea that his eventual pick could be instrumental in a future ruling that either reverses or guts Roe v. Wade, leaving it up to states whether to allow abortion.

The White House is declining to name the four candidates who interviewed Monday with President Donald Trump for the Supreme Court vacancy.

"The Senate will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy's successor this fall", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said. "I think we'll have a lot of support. You're voting on whether that nominee is going to change precedent", said Cantwell.

"A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me", Collins said. Even Leonard Leo of the conservative Federalist Society, who is advising Trump on his Court pick, has noted the importance of precedent.

"Well I know that's what the left is saying, and that's just so at odds with my record", Collins said on CNN. And the senator still has yet to explicitly say that a prospective justice's hostility to Roe could sway her vote, per the New York Times.

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