What Justice Kennedy's Retirement Means For Abortion Rights

What Justice Kennedy's Retirement Means For Abortion Rights

What Justice Kennedy's Retirement Means For Abortion Rights

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said Kennedy's retirement should "remove all doubt" about the importance of November's midterms, while outsiders began to debate how Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a NY Democrat who urged Republicans on Wednesday "to follow the rule they set in 2016" and "not to consider a Supreme Court justice in an election year", should direct his caucus.

The president said he would not ask potential nominees about their position on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that gave women the right to an abortion.

A number of Clean Air Act cases could also come before the Supreme Court in the next few years, though observers don't expect the court to overturn its MA v. EPA decision.

"I'm not going to ask them that question", he said.

He said Democratic senators running for reelection in conservative states, like West Virginia and in, face a "lose-lose" scenario: risk angering their base voters by supporting Trump's pick, or vote no and harm their chances among the Republicans and moderates they still need to win. Trump said he will pick from a list of 25 conservative candidates.

But when it comes to what may be his most lasting legacy - shifting the Supreme Court to the right - the Trump administration has managed to avoid its trademark chaos.

Republican leaders hope to move through the confirmation process quickly and seat a new justice on the bench before the start of the October term, and before November elections could swing the composition of the Senate. That means Democrats, who only control 49 seats in the chamber, may not be needed to advance the nomination.

President Donald Trump has announced that he will be naming his choice for the Supreme Court on Monday, July 9.

The Trump presidential campaign of 2016 put together an initial list with input from conservative lawyers and activists steeped in the politics of judicial nominations.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said he wouldn't block Trump's nominee from getting out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A Republican involved with Senate races says the Kennedy retirement is going to reshape the midterm dynamics by energizing conservatives and squeezing red-state Democrats, who will have to choose between a base that will want a big fight and more moderate voters.

"I don't think that's completely inaccurate", Shapiro explained.

Legal experts say the Supreme Court justice to succeed retiring Anthony Kennedy might ultimately be the end of legalized abortion, Law & Crime reported.

Trump officials did not directly pressure Kennedy, and it's not uncommon for the White House create hospitable conditions for a court opening.

One of the political adages Democrats and leftists need to internalize in the coming years is: "It's extremely hard to take something away from people once they have it".

The LCV said it would mobilize its 2 million members to ensure that a justice "who holds the values we share as a nation" is confirmed.

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

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