The American Civil Liberties Union is running ads in Alaska and ME focused on those states' moderate US senators ahead of President Trump's nomination of a new Supreme Court justice.
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee that holds hearings on Supreme Court nominees, responded on "This Week" that Trump has "outsourced" his decision to the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation, which helped compile a list of 25 potential nominees from which the president has said he would make his selection.
Four states, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota, have approved "trigger laws" that would ban abortion immediately after the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Collins would agree that those were very good reversals. One of these will have to get to the Supreme Court to enable a majority to overturn Roe.
An actor best known for his role in Den of Thieves is filming a pro-life movie about the controversial Roe v. Wade decision, but he's not getting a ton of help from his Hollywood friends.
Without Roe, he said, the people of every state could decide how tolerant or not they want to be when it comes to abortion.
President Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court
Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights. Judge Brett Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law School and served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy .
"I'm going to sign an Executive Order today that protects a woman's right to choose, protects a woman's right to contraceptive care", said Cuomo, who is running for reelection and facing a challenge from the left.
MA has had a law on the books since the 19th century that criminalizes abortion - even though it's basically unenforceable because of Roe v. Wade. A mere reversal of Roe would not have stopped New York, California, and other states from offering legal abortion for both residents and non-residents. He frequently sided with conservatives to uphold abortion restrictions. Justice Antonin Scalia was confirmed by a vote of 98-0 in 1986. Republican state lawmakers across the country have been attacking Roe around the edges for years with increasingly restrictive rules, from gestational limits to tougher licensing for clinics.
Thanks to the decision by retired Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to allow lower court judges and executive branch employees to win Senate confirmation by a simple majority - rather than a two-thirds majority - the next Supreme Court nominee will need only 51 Senate votes to be confirmed, rather than a two-thirds majority of 67 in the 100-member Senate.
This Court-centered strategy suited the goals of conservative Republicans in the Reagan administration a lot more than a constitutional amendment did.
In the mid-1980s, few outside of pro-life or pro-choice activist circles were aware of the pro-lifers' strategy or thought that Reagan's early judicial nominees endangered abortion rights - which is why several of his Supreme Court nominations received unanimous support in the Senate. Why do you think he picked Neil Gorsuch?