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>> She's considered a key vote in the Senate when it comes to approving US President Donald Trump's pick for the next Supreme Court Justice. And on Sunday, Susan Collins of Maine made it very clear who she would not vote for, any nominee looking to overturn Roe v Wade.
The moderate Republican appearing on ABC's, This Week, said she told Trump that his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy should, quote, demonstrate a respect for precedent when it comes to the landmark 1973 ruling that supports a woman's right to abortion. Collins echoing words she said just days ago.
>> I view Roe v Wade as being settled law.>> Trump says he plans to announce his nominee on July 9th and that he has narrowed the list of contenders to five including two women. The president in the past has said he would only pick someone who would overturn Roe v Wade but more recently has stated he will not ask potential nominees whether they would do so.
Something democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal on Sunday refuted claiming Trump's picks have already been vetted by two anti-abortion groups.>> He does not need to ask that question because those nominees on his list have already been screened by the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation and other outside groups.
This decision will shape the court for years to come and it could lead to criminalizing reproductive rights as they were prior to Roe v Wade, women were prosecuted and women died.>> Republicans who control the Senate must confirm a nominee by a 51 to 49 majority, in addition to Collins, another swing vote could be fellow Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, also pro-choice.
Another wildcard, Republican John McCain, who may be absent from the vote due to his ongoing cancer treatment.