Maine Sen. Susan Collins has thrown up a potential roadblock to Trump's Supreme Court pick for Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat. Sen. Collins, considered a "moderate Republican," has vowed not to vote for any candidate for the seat that would jeopardize the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, Roe v. Wade.
In an interview on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, Collins said, "I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law."
But the pro-choice Senator also said she thinks current justices Neil Gorsuch, who she voted to confirm last year, and Chief Justice John Roberts could be trusted to preserve women's right to an abortion.
Sonali speaks with Jessica Mason Pieklo, Vice President of Law and the Courts at Rewire.News. She is a writer and adjunct law professor in Boulder, Colorado. She is the former assistant director of the Health Law Clinic at Hamline Law School in St. Paul, Minnesota and former litigator. She just wrote a piece on Rewire.news entitled "Why I Believe President Donald Trump Will Choose a Woman to Kill Roe v. Wade."
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