Sen. Collins says she doubts new court will kill Roe v. Wade

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) explained in a recent interview why she is hopeful that Roe v. Wade will survive President Trump's upcoming Supreme Court pick.
By Rick Docksai | Nov 20, 2018
No matter who the new Supreme Court justice is, moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) expects Roe v. Wade to remain the law of the land. In an interview with "The Daily" podcast that posted Monday, Collins said that Chief Justice John Roberts would likely rule against overturning the 1973 abortion decision just as he voted against striking down Obamacare several years ago.

"I think, for example, [Chief Justice] John Roberts given his respect for precedent and his cautious approach, despite what personal views he may hold, I would be very surprised if the chief justice would ever vote to overturn Roe v. Wade," Collins said.

President Trump is selecting a nominee to replace Anthony Kennedy when Kennedy retires at the end of the month. And the list Trump is choosing from is entirely ideological conservatives, raising fears that he will name a justice who will seek to end legalized abortiona longstanding goal many political conservatives share.

Trump asserted he would do just that during the presidential campaign, telling conservative audiences that Roe v. Wade would come to its end if he won and could nominate new justices to the bench.

Whomever Trump names, the prospects of a confirmation appear good. With a 51-seat majority and new Senate rules that allow a Supreme Court nomination vote to pass by simple majority and that no filibustering is allowed, Republicans might have more than enough votes.

Collins is a wild card: She is pro-choice, and she promises to vote against any nominee who expresses "hostility" to Roe v. Wade.

Collins and another pro-choice Republican, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, met with Trump at the White House last Thursday to share their concerns. Trump told her to send over suggestions for other nominees if she has them, she said later.


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