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Collins, along with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left, are shown during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington on February 15.

President Donald Trump shouldn't pick someone for the Supreme Court who doesn't respect legal precedent, including the "settled" law legalizing abortion, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said. Though the case was not directly about abortion, groups favoring abortion rights worry that Hardiman's ruling signals his sympathies on the issue.

As President Donald Trump prepares to select his nominee next Monday to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the high court, the abortion issue has once again taken center stage in the nation's political discourse.

Earlier, Trump interviewed three potential replacements for Justice Kennedy, a White House statement revealed. The people deserve a say, too.

"Teams of attorneys from the White House Counsel's Office and Department of Justice are working to ensure the president has all the information he needs to choose his nominee", said Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday.

Justice Lee declined comment through a court spokesman on any dealings with the president or White House.

In another Sunday morning interview, Collins said she would not support a Trump nominee who she believed would support overturning Roe v. Wade.

That is not to say that the Trump court will not embroider on the edges of the law, perhaps by allowing some state-imposed restrictions that do not flagrantly deny a woman's right to an abortion.

The social media push is an effort to press the moderate Republican senator to vote against any Supreme Court nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that established a constitutional right to abortion.

Before Kennedy's retirement, the four judges who were appointed by Democratic presidents had an average age of 71.5 years, nearly five years more than the five judges appointed by Republicans.

"We need to have somebody pretty much in the mold of a Justice Kennedy, who is in the middle, not to either extreme", Donnelly said.

JOHNSON: Activists backing civil rights and abortion rights mixed with Democratic senators on the steps of the court.

CNSNews.com asked Paul on Friday whether he wants President Donald Trump to nominate a judge who thinks "an unborn child with a beating heart is a "person" entitled to equal protection of the law under the 14th Amendment". The other appellate jurist to meet Trump was Brett Kavanaugh, whose 2006 confirmation to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia came after a brutal slog that more closely resembled the 2017 nominations.

Echoing Leo's view, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who used to be president of the Heritage Foundation. That is to say, the legal war will continue, with some encouragement to the handful of Arkansas legislators whose reason for existence is to make it a crime for women to get an abortion.

Former clerks also noted Kennedy's longtime interest in China and said they could see him continuing to be an ambassador for the law and for civility in the legal profession. But Republicans dominate the Senate seats from the states where the fewest people agree with that sentiment, while Democrats dominate the seats from the states where the most do, according to PRRI findings.

Walker said that if it comes down to the vice president casting a tie-breaking vote, he thinks it could tear the country apart.