>> We have to pick a great one. We have to pick one that's gonna be there for 40 years.>> President Donald Trump's vow to pick a staunch conservative to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice, Anthony Kennedy. Is confronting abortion rights advocates with their worst nightmare, the possible reversal of Roe v Wade.
The landmark 1973 ruling that made abortion legal throughout the United States. Legal experts say a justice to the right of Kennedy, who defended abortion rights, could provide the crucial fifth vote to make it happen. But if Roe is overturned, Supreme Court reporter Lawrence Hurley says it does not mean abortion would be outlawed overnight.
>> Trump, during his election campaign, said that he would appoint judges who are pro-life. And he has sort of indicated that if he got to appoint justices to the Supreme Court, that Roe v Wade would automatically be overturned. So if the court overturned Roe v Wade, it would say effectively that there's no constitutional rights for women to have an abortion.
That wouldn't mean that abortion is suddenly outlawed all over the country. It would mean that states, at least in the short term, could make the decision for themselves whether to legalize abortion or whether to make it illegal. And you'd probably end up with a kind of patch work of laws where some states, probably conservative Republican led states would ban abortion.
And liberal states would have abortion and then some states would kinda go back and forth depending on who's in charge. And that would certainly limit the availability of abortions. But it would probably, at least in a short term, mean somewhere in the country people would be able to get abortions.
>> Abortion hurts women.>> But in the long term, it may be that conservative activists would then push the Supreme Court to go further. Not just to say that states can decide for themselves but to somehow come up with a legal argument that would ban abortion nationwide. Or maybe attempt to pass a law in Congress that would do that.
>> Trump says he will reveal his choice to replace Kennedy on July 9th.