Jeff Merkley, Democrat senator, 'worried about Roe v. Wade'

Gwen Vasquez
July 1, 2018

Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Missouri Republican Senate hopeful Josh Hawley, the state attorney general, seized on his Democratic opponent's vote against Gorsuch a year ago. In 2003, he was nominated by Bush to the appeals court, but it took a recess appointment and a two-year standoff before Republicans and Democrats finally crafted a deal that confirmed him to the position.

Collins has a more reliable record in favor of abortion rights, and boasts a 70-percent vote rating in 2018 from Planned Parenthood's political arm.

"This is probably right up there with Brown v. Board of Education, and Roe v. Wade - if you like it or hate it - and today, Obergefell v. Hodges", she said. Come fall, when the Senate plans to vote on his successor, progressives fear a more ideologically conservative candidate will enter the court. "It reminded me that the power of the law is not just to change the law but also to move people's hearts". The strength of her victory was fueled by support among Alaska women, which has become part of Murkowski's brand. "I urge President Trump to nominate a Constitution-honoring individual in the mold of Justice Scalia once again, and for the Senate to confirm him or her quickly". Neither senator is known for telegraphing how they will cast their votes until right before the vote is called, so the spotlight will likely be on them in the months ahead. The pressure on them - from both sides - will be vast.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it would be "the absolute height of hypocrisy" for Republicans to confirm a justice in an election year, given their response to Garland's nomination.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday on whether Texas drew election districts based on racial demographics.

Tony Perkins, who leads the socially conservative Family Research Council, said abortion was simply "a factor" in evangelicals' excitement over a more conservative Supreme Court. And the Trump White House, while disorganized in other areas, made its relationship with the religious right a priority.

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The Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, writing in the court's opinion stated that the President had the authority to suspend the entry of people into the United States to protect the national interest. These have included bills that ban abortion after a certain number of weeks, require patients to go through a waiting period or listen to their fetus's heartbeat, or enact restrictions on abortion clinics that have forced many to shut down.

The political focus shifts immediately to the Senate, where 10 Democrats running for re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 will soon have to weigh in on the vacancy.

Unlike Heitkamp, Donnelly and Manchin are Democrats who generally oppose abortion rights and are endorsed by Democrats for Life, the "pro-life voice of the Democratic Party".

It is also likely to have an outsize impact on the office of the presidency itself, having affirmed the chief executive's broad powers to dictate immigration policy as a response to changing conditions overseas. Donnelly has traveled with Trump on Air Force One, and appeared alongside the president at a recent bill signing ceremony at the White House.

The court could well decide the outcome of the recent family separation crisis at the border, too, and existential questions about the Trump presidency itself if that is where Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's investigation leads. The University of MI graduate was originally nominated to his current job by Bush in 2006, but due to opposition from Michigan's two Democratic senators, he was not confirmed until a compromise deal was reached two years later.

Remaking this area of jurisprudence is a top priority for conservative activists, many of whom have the ear of the President has he selects his nominee.

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