CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin predicted that abortion will be illegal in many states within months of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement.
“Anthony Kennedy is retiring. Abortion will be illegal in twenty states in 18 months,” Toobin predicted.
Anthony Kennedy is retiring. Abortion will be illegal in twenty states in 18 months. #SCOTUS
— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) June 27, 2018
The retirement of Justice Kennedy hands President Trump a key seat that could turn the court conservative for decades to come.
The 81-year-old moderate conservative often served as the deciding vote in key Supreme Court cases.
As The Hill notes:
The justice’s retirement paves the way for President Trump to nominate another conservative to the Supreme Court, and anti-abortion advocates are more likely to pursue abortion cases with a conservative-leaning court.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Tuesday that a California law that requires crisis pregnancy centers to give women information on how to receive low-cost abortions from the state is likely in violation of the First Amendment. Kennedy sided with the majority opinion in the case.
Kennedy advised his colleagues that he is submitting a formal notification to President Trump of his decision, effective July 31, the Supreme Court’s press office announced a few hours after the court adjourned for the term.
“It has been the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those on the Supreme Court,” he said in a statement.
Kennedy, the court’s longest-serving member and second-oldest justice after its leading liberal, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, added that while his family was willing for him to continue to serve, his decision to retire was based on his desire to spent more time with them.