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Collins says she won’t support Supreme Court pick ‘hostile’ to Roe v. Wade

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday that she won’t support a U.S. Supreme Court nominee who has “demonstrated hostility” to Roe v. Wade.

Collins said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that such hostility “would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law. I believe that is a very important, fundamental tenet to our judicial system.”

Collins, who met Thursday with President Donald Trump to discuss potential nominees, said she wanted to see a nominee who would respect legal precedent, and reiterated her view that Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, is “settled law.”

Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court on Wednesday, giving Trump the opportunity to nominate a second justice and cement conservative control of the nation’s highest court. The news has sparked concern among supporters of abortion rights that Trump’s pick to replace the 81-year-old Kennedy could overturn that ruling.

To read the rest of “Collins says she won’t support Supreme Court pick ‘hostile’ to Roe v. Wade,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer Christopher Burns, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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