Sen. Susan Collins won't support SCOTUS nominee who'd overturn Roe v. Wade

A changing electorate has pushed Republicans out of this Assembly district

"I believe very much that Roe v. Wade is settled law as it has been described by Chief Justice [John] Roberts", she said on ABC's "This Week".

Collins, who fully supports abortion, said any justice who supports reversing Roe v. Wade is an "activist" justice who does not belong on the high court. "I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions", Collins said on CNN's "State of the Union".

"[Trump] did tell me that he would not be asking that question", Collins said Sunday. Roe v. Wade is a constitutional right that is well-established.

Trump told Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo that he has been advised not to ask for the nominee's stance on Roe v. Wade, but is looking to pick someone similar to Gorsuch.

Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS/NewscomMore than 60 percent of Americans think the Senate should vote on President Donald Trump's nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy before the November midterm elections, according to a new poll.

Why are Collins' comments so important?

As one of the Senate's more moderate Republican members, Collins' vote could be crucial to the future of abortion rights in America.

"So I think what he said as a candidate may not have been informed by the legal advice that he now has that it would be inappropriate for him to ask a nominee how he or she would rule on a specific issue", Collins said.

"Well, if we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that's really what's going to be - that will happen", Trump said during the final debate of the 2016 presidential election.

Susan Collins said a nominee's position on the abortion decision will be crucial to her vote. "I care deeply about who serves on the court". Republicans now hold a 51-seat majority in the Senate, and a Supreme Court nominee will be confirmed by a simple majority of votes. Collins hit back against this suggestion, pointing to her bipartisan record in the Senate and thorough vetting of Supreme Court picks.

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