What Justice Kennedy's Retirement Means For Abortion Rights

Sen. Susan Collins speaks to reporters after the weekly Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on April 24

Sen. Susan Collins speaks to reporters after the weekly Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on April 24

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House April 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.

U.S. President Donald Trump may nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy before July 10, when Trump is scheduled to depart for a trip to Europe, a White House official said on Friday. Trump says as many as seven candidates may be interviewed.

Trump, who is in New Jersey for the weekend, said he plans to interview one or two candidates on Saturday or Sunday before announcing his nominee after the Fourth of July.

"I think it's going to be the early cutoff dates for abortion that you're gonna be seeing going up to the court that could challenge Roe v. Wade, because Roe v. Wade and its cases that have followed have made clear that before the time of fetal viability it's for the woman and her doctor to make the decision", Northup said. He's keeping his cards close to his chest about how he'll vote on a Supreme Court pick, saying in a statement Thursday after meeting with Trump: "When the president presents the Senate with his choice for the Supreme Court, I will thoroughly review the record and qualifications of that nominee".

"The Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the right to abortion over many decades and it has done that with many justices from appointed by many different administrations", said the group's senior director of litigation, Julie Rikelman. "I encourage the President to choose a nominee with the credentials, intellect and commitment to the rule of law necessary to serve on the Supreme Court". "So we want Roe to be overturned. and we expect that".

"The fact that there's a modest enthusiasm disadvantage isn't all that meaningful because there's already an enthusiasm gap for Republicans", he said, noting Democratic anger toward Trump. Much like Murkowski, she's got strong feelings on supporting abortion rights and has wielded them as a reason to vote against Trump priorities, like health care.

"On the left, that's what they're concerned about", Perino said.

Both sides are gearing up for a confirmation battle in the Senate after Trump names his nominee.

"I think it's inappropriate to discuss", he added. Trump called her a "good woman" on stage at a North Dakota rally a year ago. The White House said Trump's team also spoke with more than a dozen additional senators. The question "loomed large" among the other Supreme Court justices in a number of important decisions, his former law clerk Joshua Matz told ABC News' "Start Here" podcast on Thursday.

In a survey of about 1,500 people, the Kaiser Family Foundation found slightly more than two-thirds of respondents favored keeping the ruling in Roe vs. Wade.

Among them: Leonard Leo, who is on leave from the Federalist Society; John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation; and attorney Don McGahn, now the White House counsel.

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