Pro-abortion Democrats promised to fight against any nominee that President Donald Trump appoints to the U.S. Supreme Court this week after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.
A swing vote on the court, Kennedy sometimes sided with pro-life advocates by upholding limits on abortion but he continually upheld Roe v. Wade and its allowance for basically unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy. His retirement means Trump has the opportunity to appoint a justice who could swing the court conservative and be a deciding vote in restoring rights for unborn babies in America.
Republicans narrowly hold the U.S. Senate, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said they will vote prior to the mid-term elections on Trump’s yet-to-be-named nominee.
But pro-abortion Senate Democrats are promising to do everything possible to block Trump’s nominee until after the mid-terms, when they hope to regain the Senate and block all future nominees as well.
“I can tell you we’re four months away from an election where the American people will decide the majority in the United States Senate,” said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill. “Following the tortured logic of Mitch McConnell, let’s let the American people speak.”
There shouldn’t be a vote on any nominee, Democrats said, until voters have had a say in the November election, which could determine control of the Senate. Though Senate Democratic leaders, most of their caucus, and the party’s restless base are eager to rumble with Republicans over the vacancy, they have no tools to block Trump’s pick.
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Their best option is to stay united, use the vacancy to rile up their base, and apply pressure to the two Republicans — Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine — who could conceivably join them in voting against a Trump nominee. To do that, however, red-state Democrats would have to stick with their caucus in refusing to consider any Trump nominee and as a result likely jeopardize their seats.
The Planned Parenthood abortion chain, a huge donor to Democrats’ political campaigns, sent a letter to Democrat leaders within hours of Kennedy’s announcement, demanding that they reject anyone from Trump’s list of potential nominees, according to The Washington Post.
Pro-life advocates and other conservatives have praised Trump for the possible Supreme Court nominees on his list. He chose conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch from the list in 2017.
On Wednesday, Trump promised to choose a nominee from the list of 25 conservative leaders, most of whom already are judges on federal circuit courts and state supreme courts.
“We need intellect, we need so many things,” Trump said at a rally Wednesday in North Dakota. “There is so many elements that goes into the making of a great justice of the Supreme Court. …
“Democrats want judges who will rewrite the Constitution any way they want to do it, and take away your Second Amendment, erase your borders, throw open the jailhouse doors and destroy your freedoms,” he continued.
Leading abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood already are putting the wheels in motion for fundraising and political action plans to attempt to stop any nominee who might overturn Roe v Wade. That will put the onus on pro-life advocates to step up their fundraising and put up concerted efforts to ensure the next Supreme Court justice is someone who will respect the rule of law rather than make up a fictitious abortion right from the bench.
The good news for pro-life advocates is that Republicans hold a small majority in the Senate and have been successful in approving Trump’s nominees on a majority vote. Sen. McConnell has been successful in ensuring that the Senate can vote on such nominees without a filibuster by pro-abortion Democrats.