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Demands On Trump Nominee

Groups Say Nominee Must Back Abortion Rights

July 05, 2018 - 12:43 pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — 

Liberal groups prepping for battle over the Supreme Court vacancy say senators who back abortion rights can't settle for statements that the nominee will respect legal precedent.

They say whomever President Donald Trump selects must explicitly say they support the rights to abortion, to use contraceptives and to marry someone of the same gender.

The remarks by liberal leaders at Thursday's news conference are aimed at raising pressure on senators, including Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who've backed abortion rights.

Collins has said she'd oppose a pick who's hostile toward the Roe v. Wade decision that affirmed the right to abortion.

Executive Director Brian Fallon of Demand Justice says vague "apple sauce answers" on whether the nominee backs the Obama-era health care law are also unacceptable.

President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Trump's top contenders for the vacancy at this time are federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge. That's according to a person familiar with Trump's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Working closely with a White House team and consulting with lawmakers and outside advisers, Trump has spent the week deliberating on the choice. He conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates. He has not yet publicly indicated that he has narrowed the list and could still consider others in the mix.

Trump plans to announce his selection Monday night, kicking off a contentious nomination process as Republicans seek to shift the court to the right and Democrats strive to block the effort.

 

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