Trump narrows list of potential Supreme Court nominees

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"My goal here is not to block judges", Flake said. It's time to fight. In arguing their case, Democrats have emphasized that Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States, could be in jeopardy. Murkowski is known for her support for abortion rights and gay marriage - positions usually out of step with Republican orthodoxy and what many conservatives want to see out of Trump's court pick. "He hasn't said anything differently to me", Conway said.

But during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump had vowed to seek to place a "pro-life justice on the court".

Stressing the importance of the Supreme Court in the 2016 campaign made sense for evangelical leaders, given Trump's ill-defined and less-than-conservative politics. "In the past half-century, presidents have repeatedly been dying to take advantage of timely vacancies", said Laura Kalman, a historian at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

"I think myself and a number of senators, at least a few of us will stand up and say, 'Let's not move any more judges until we get a vote, for example, on tariffs, '" Flake said. She said the group spent $10 million supporting the Gorsuch confirmation.

"President Trump and Mitch McConnell hold the balance of the court in their hands right now".

"What people don't understand is that if you overturn Roe v. Wade, all that does is give the states the right to decide whether abortion is legal or illegal", Falwell told The Associated Press in an interview.

Speaking outside the Supreme Court on Thursday, Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice America urged abortion-rights supporters to reach out to lawmakers.

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While polling on abortion is hard and yields mixed results depending on how the questions are asked, multiple polls suggest a majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal in at least some cases, particularly in early pregnancy.

For all his votes on the conservative side of issues, Roberts has had his critics on the right. Occupying seats reserved for special guests, they saw the justices announce several decisions and hear an oral argument.

Should Trump announce his pick as advertised, it would mark just 13 days since Kennedy's announcement. "Yet by choosing to retire under President Donald Trump, Kennedy imperils that legacy, throwing his most celebrated and far-reaching decisions into serious jeopardy", Stern said.

"Anything that we can do to soften the blow of Roe v. Wade or weaken it or dilute it, it's up to us to do that", said Lawrence Bagley, a Louisiana Republican state representative. Other states, including MS and Louisiana, have banned abortion at 15 weeks' gestation, and others have prohibited specific methods. Susan Collins said that she sees Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion across the USA, as "settled law". "And these states have been passing laws trying to radically change that".

"This country and this nation was built with the idea that immigrants could come and fight for religious freedom, could fight to make sure they would have a better, (and) safe community for their children and their families and yet the ban against Muslims only demonstrates that this country is not accepting its history", she said.

Many evangelicals, for example, have lashed out against Obama-era laws that required churches and other religious institutions to provide their employees with women's reproductive services, including access to abortion and birth control.

For example, 21 states limit when a pregnant woman can get an abortion based on the age of the fetus.

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