GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) told reporters on Wednesday she views Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established the right to abortion in 1973, as “settled law” and “clearly precedent” and will only consider Supreme Court nominees “who respect precedent.”
“I view Roe v. Wade as being settled law. It’s clearly precedent and I always look for judges who respect precedent,” Collins told reporters on Wednesday.
Asked if she had concerns about a potential nominee due to their potential for being the swing vote on abortion-related comments, Collins said: “That obviously would be my preference but what I’m most looking for is a Justice that will follow the law and the constitution.”
Her comments came hours after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he would retire after more than 30 years on the court, giving President Trump a key seat that could shape rulings for generations and reigniting talk of a possible fight over abortion.
Kennedy had been the fifth vote for upholding Roe v. Wade.
The Hill notes:
Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are viewed as two potential early swing votes on Trump’s forthcoming nominee. Progressives already are urging voters to push the two senators to oppose a nominee deemed too conservative on abortion.