Donald Trump: My Supreme Court Nominee “is Going to be Pro-Life. We Want Conservatives”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 22, 2016   |   9:40AM   |   Washington, DC

For the pro-life movement, there is no bigger battle than the Supreme Court. The only way to offer any legal protection for unborn children is to topple roe v. Wade and pave the way for pro-life laws that protect defenseless babies from abortions.

Especially if the Senate upholds its promise not to vote on a Supreme Court nominee until after the election of a new president, the next president will have at least one nomination to the high court if not multiple nominations over the court of the next four or eight years.

On that subject, businessman Donald trump talked about the qualifications he has for a Supreme Court nominee. According to a report in The Blaze, Trump was asked if he would have an “abortion litmus test.”

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“We’re going to look at that. It’s going to be pro-life,” Trump said. “We’re going to look at that. We’re going to look at intellect, very important. We want very, very smart people. We want conservatives on the Supreme Court.”

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“We are going to be making up a list of between seven to 10 people. I will be distributing that list in the very near future,” Trump said.

Trump said the next president could appoint four or five justices to the high court, which is one reason he warned conservatives against fielding a third party challenger if he wins the nomination.

Trump said he has shared the list with some other Republicans. He met Monday with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and several other Republican senators and House members. He said he didn’t have a list of all their names.

TheBlaze asked Trump if his support for funding Planned Parenthood and his backing of a single payer health care system were talked about at all during the meeting.

“No. That did not come up,” Trump told TheBlaze.

Last month, Trump answered a question about the kind of judges he would want on the Supreme Court. Trump briefly said he wanted “pro-life conservatives” on the nation’s highest court and said recently-deceased pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia is his model. He said he wants pro-life conservatives on the high court.

But some pro-life advocates are doubtful that that’s really the direction Trump would go for a Supreme Court justice if elected president.

In an interview earlier in February, Trump said he thinks the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that ushered in an era of 48 million abortions was “wrongly decided.” Trump said he would appoint “very good judges” who would ultimately “change it” but he opposed Roe without specifically saying it should be overturned.

“It’s been very strongly decided but it can be changed,” Trump told Brody. “Things are put there and they’re passed but they can be unpassed with time but it’s going to take time because you have a lot of judges to go.”

Previously, Trump issued an op-ed condemning Roe v. Wade but stopped short of saying it should be reversed.