There are many things that are frightening about the idea of Donald Trump filling a Supreme Court seat with another of his nominees after Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. Just this week, the nation saw what happened as a result of Mitch McConnell’s refusal to allow Judge Merrick Garland, Obama’s nominee, a chance to be confirmed. Now, Neil Gorsuch sits on the Supreme Court and the president can place travel bans on countries based on that country’s official religion.
So there it is:
McConnell says nominee will get a vote in the fall.
Schumer says no nominee should be considered til after the election.
Rs don't need Dems get a SCOTUS nominee approved.
But they sure do need Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.
See: Roe v. Wade
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) June 27, 2018
Another key issue around Trump nominating the next SCOTUS judge is that of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that made it legal for women to make private medical decisions in consultation with her doctor. That court case is most often considered the one that made abortion legal, but it actually did much more than that.
Roe v. Wade survives on the knife edge of Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski https://t.co/IMoNI8ha8f
— Daily Kos (@dailykos) June 27, 2018
Susan Collins (R-ME) said on Wednesday that she would continue to support women’s right to choose and that she would have trouble confirming a nominee who wouldn’t.
‘First of all I view Roe v. Wade as being settled law. It’s clearly precedent. I always look for judges who respect precedent.’
The Supreme Court nomination is the true litmus test for Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.Will they continue to put party over the things they profess to believe, and vote to confirm a justice who will blow up every remaining protection for women? I wish I were optimistic.
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) June 27, 2018
Collins’ words may sound comforting to those nervous about having a sixth judge on the Supreme Court with anti-choice views. She also said that Americans shouldn’t be so worried and that while it was wrong for McConnell to deny Garland his confirmation hearing, it would be a mistake for Democrats to do the same.
If Susan Collins is what the future of women’s reproductive health hinges on, we’re in big trouble.
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